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Preventative Health Care Pays For Itself

Published on July 20th, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Studies show that every $1 spent per year on preventative health care programs results in a savings of more than $5 to the U.S. economy.  Clearly using preventative health care services can save lives at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

America currently has a medical care system – not a health care system.  We focus on treating illness after it has occurred – rather than preventing it before it shows up.  While Americans are living longer, about half of the population is limited by preventable chronic illnesses.

Important Facts:

  • Preventable Chronic illness sufferers are about 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent each year for medical treatment.  Only 1% is spent on protecting health and preventing illness.
  • About 40% of annual deaths in U.S. can be attributed to misuse of alcohol, tobacco smoking, bad diet, lack of physical activity.  That is 900,000 needless deaths each year.
  • Since health expenditures represent more than 16% of the GDP, it is time to look for solutions to improve health without additional expenses.
  • Workers under 55 with diabetes, heart disease and arthritis add to the significantly to work limitations and absenteeism due to health related issues.  These work related issues add up to more than $65 billion in lost wage each year.

Ben Franklin’s Advice

We have all heard Ben’s quote,An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  At last, the developers at DECIDE Mobility are making a powerful prevention tool available to the public.  Simply tap in a few things about yourself and quickly know what preventative health actions you need to take.

Our current medical system is based on reactive care.  This new app from DECIDE is founded in a new model of proactive and preventative care.  The public is putting a lot of pressure on the medical community to change from a reactionary medical system to a true health care system.  A recent study showed that two-thirds of all adults think that health care in the United States should be more focused on preventative measures.  In fact, 84% of Americans support the idea of public funding for prevention programs.

Lifestyle changes can delay – or even prevent – the occurrence of type 2 diabetes among populations that are at high risk.  A major clinical trial tracked a group that exercised moderately (about 30 minutes of walking five days a week) and improved their diets with fewer calories and less fat.  The group experienced a sustained weight loss of 10-15 pounds.  This reduced their diabetes risk by 58%.

With less than 4% of the health care dollar going to prevention, the medical system may not give you the help you need.  Take control of your health and get access to information you need.  This powerful preventative health care app could be a vital source for living a longer and healthier life.

 
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