It’s been said many times: 'Follow the money' …
Is it time that we consider how this applies to our healthcare system?
Let's look at some facts and figures...
In the U.S. healthcare costs have skyrocketed to $3.65 Trillion - yes! Count the zeros! That's $3,650,000,000,000.
We also know that over 80% of today’s healthcare costs are connected to non-communicable (chronic) lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, pain, Alzheimer’s and other auto-immune disorders.
Research studies have shown the reduction of bypass surgery and stents can save $30,000 per patient in the first year alone, cutting healthcare costs by 50% in the first year.
It's safe to estimate that healthcare cost savings of 2-10% annually are absolutely possible.
WOW, that's a whopping $73-365 BILLION in HEALTHCARE COST SAVINGS!
This is how we can create a win-win-win situation, creating new high paying and fulfilling jobs, easing the strain on current health professionals, and most importantly, improving the health and productivity of people.
If we consider that:
This means we would invest ONLY 0.2% of the annual healthcare cost into prevention ($7.3 Billion) - based on estimates - SAVING 2% annually ($73 Billion).
That's absolutely astounding!
And how can we achieve this?
Through a new paradigm in healthcare, using 'Lifestyle Medicine Coaching'.
Now, you might ask, what are these Lifestyle Medicine and Health Coach Practitioners going to do?
Well, they focus 100% of their time and skills to address the root-causes and help chronic disease patients improve eating, exercise, stress management and social support habits.
Each health coach is responsible for engaging clients to establish healthy habits using:
Naturally, the best part is, people’s lives will improve, relationships will become more meaningful and individuals will live longer and healthier. Productivity and quality of life will improve accordingly.
Here's the new healthcare system plan:
We invest 0.2% of current annual healthcare expenditure into 100,000 highly qualified and efficient Lifestyle Medicine Health Coaches working with 250 households each - improving health outcomes, productivity & quality of life for 100 million people, saving billions in healthcare costs as a result. Would you say that's a good return on your investment?
Sounds like a no-brainer to me!
The only problem is, unless we take action and demand new innovations in healthcare, based on prevention and lifestyle medicine, it won’t happen.
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Lets take the steps we need to take to help this new healthcare paradigm become a reality.
Founder, The Art of Health and Science of Wellbeing.
Lifestyle Medicine Coach, helping people take charge of their health since 2006