We’re having the wrong debate about rising health care costs

Good reminder of the importance of prevention in reducing healthcare costs. Quote:

Our thinking on health care policy is premised largely on a reality that prevailed for nearly all of human history: that ill health is a curse that can be visited upon any of us at any time. It is that, of course. But that notion is no longer the right premise for thinking about health care costs in developed economies. At the beginning of the 20th century, the top causes of death in the U.S. were communicable diseases — flu, tuberculosis, curses that could strike any of us. Today the top causes of death are noncommunicable diseases that result mostly from the way we live: coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, some cancers. Medical researchers call them lifestyle diseases.

No concrete policy proposals here – the author largely ducked that one, given that it is likely a mix of public and private initiatives.

We’re having the wrong debate about rising health care costs – Term Sheet.

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