Prevent chronic diseases & injuries = Save $$$ & increase productivity

One problem: the high costs of chronic diseases and injuries.

Two views on addressing it: public sector or private sector.

Public Sector

Because chronic diseases and injuries represent 90% “of the health-care burden,” the provincial government should double “its investment in chronic disease and injury prevention” to 2% from 1% over the next three-to-five years, urges Wellness Alberta Chair Jim Gray in an April 16 op ed.

Wellness Alberta is “a coalition of over 130 organizations, institutions and governing bodies that collectively represent over three million Albertans.” http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/jim-gray-investing-in-chronic-disease-prevention-will-make-alberta-healthier

Mr. Gray calls for this “massive epidemic” to be “tackled head-on to bend the cost curve, protect our health-care system and to improve our quality of life.

“Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, addictions and preventable injuries are all contributing to this epidemic. Although we have won some battles on chronic disease, we are losing the larger war on this enormous social problem.

“Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are on the rise, mental illness and addictions stubbornly persist, and there are far too many people who experience needless injuries. These illnesses and injuries are filling our hospitals, impairing our quality of life and they are hurting our economy through reduced productivity.”

Private Sector

In its 2015 Surveys of Employers and Health Care Consumers, the consultancy Deloitte observes: “The United States is struggling with an epidemic of chronic diseases from unhealthy lifestyles. Inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and frequent alcohol consumption are among the behaviors contributing to increasing rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.”  http://bit.ly/1qQH8Fj

“Employers play a significant role in providing and financing health insurance, and they also have a major stake in maintaining employee productivity. These responsibilities have prompted many companies to provide wellness programs and activities to encourage healthier employee lifestyles.

“Employers play a significant role in providing and financing health insurance and have a significant stake in maintaining employee productivity. These responsibilities have prompted many companies to provide wellness programs and activities to encourage healthier employee lifestyles.”

 

 

 

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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