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Wednesday
Sep122012

Increased Role for Prevention in US Health Care System

A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine says there is reason to believe prevention and wellness will soon become the focal point of the U.S. health care system. According to the article, the high rate of preventable chronic disease combined with rising health care costs makes treating patients only after they’ve become sick too expensive and ultimately unsustainable.

In a helpful summary of the article on Examiner.com, the most frequent illnesses are largely preventable:

 

  1. Heart conditions - $95.6 billion
  2. Trauma - $74.3 billion
  3. Cancer - $72.2 billion
  4. Mental disorders - $72.1 billion
  5. Joint disorders - $57 billion
  6. Chronic Pulmonary Disease and Asthma - $53.7 billion
  7. Hypertension - $47.7 billion
  8. Diabetes - $45.9 billion
  9. Hyperlipidemia (abnormally high levels of lipids in the blood) - $38.6 billion
  10. Back problems - $35 billion

 

The summary article goes on to say, “Maintaining wellness and disease prevention will become a central part of the American health care system in the years to come, with increased responsibility placed on the public to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” 

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