Preventable Illness & “Selfcare” Costs

I found an article that gave some interesting facts about the financial state of our healthcare.  It is amazing to me how costly preventable illnesses are to our country.  Being that they are “preventable” it simply means we play a huge part in our health but continue to run to the doctor to fix what we have 100% control over.   Heredity does not mean you will get that disease, it means you may have to take more precautions to prevent it from appearing.  The best medicine is eating, thinking, and moving to keep our bodies and immune system strong.   It is time to be more responsible for our own state of health and take care of our “self-care” crisis as apposed to a “healthcare” crisis.

Here are a few statements from the article.  Click here to read the full article. Some of the data is from 1990’s but we’ve only gotten worse as the time has passed.

Health Care Expenditures

–   Preventable illness makes up approximately 80% of the burden of illness and 90% of all healthcare costs.

–   Preventable illnesses account for eight of the nine leading categories of death. WOW!

–   The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world and yet, in many respects, it’s citizens are not the healthiest.

–   Some 18 percent of lifetime costs for medical care (over $40,000) is estimated to be incurred in the last year of life.

Health Care Expenditures and US Employers

–   Of the $585 billion that private payers expended for medical services in 1997, about 60% (348 billion) was spent by employers and employees to purchase insurance.

–   Between 1980 and 1993, spending by employers on health care as a percentage of total compensation to workers increased 3.7 percent to 6.6 percent.

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