Monday, January 20, 2014

Add it up...

Much ink has been spilled discussing spending on healthcare and health outcomes, especially the apparent disconnect between the two in the U.S. (i.e. we are spending more but achieving less....). Multiple reasons have been put forward, e.g. see my 'So, how bad is it (healthcare)?' blog entry, which spends some time on this subject...

The blog entry 'Random charts - child health' highlights Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities. Recommendations From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America (120-pg PDF), which declared that "In their search for solutions, the Commissioners found that there is much more to health than health care and that where we live, learn, work, and play profoundly influence our health..." 

Add it all up and throw in 'Inequality Is At The Core Of High Health Care Spending: A View From The OECD' and you have a fairly compelling argument that "...It is difficult not to connect the dots from inadequate social spending to excess poverty and income inequality to more chronic illness and higher health care spending"

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