Healthcare Crisis Stats & Info – Healthcare Crisis Stats
One of Stayhealthy's primary goals is to help the United States escape its out-of-control healthcare cost spiral by helping to move the healthcare model from reactive to proactive care – i.e. to help people get and stay healthy – and avoid the need for expensive medical treatments and care altogether. Current statistics and their implication to the welfare of the U.S. economy and citizenry are truly frightening:
- The U.S. spent $2.3 trillion in 2008 on healthcare - source: http://www.kaiseredu.org/topics_im.asp?imID=1&parentID=61&id=358
- Healthcare spending accounts for 17.3% projected in 2009; 19.3 by 2019 - source: https://www.cms.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/25_NHE_Fact_Sheet.asp
- Only 2 – 3% of total healthcare expenditures are spent on prevention – source: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/301/5/536
- By 2030, there will be 71 million American older adults accounting for roughly 20% of the U.S. population. The nation’s health care spending is projected to increase by 25% due to these demographic shifts. source: http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/saha_2007.pdf
- Obesity is at epic proportions – 67% of U.S. adults overweight or obese – source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm
What does this mean for individuals, corporations and the U.S. economy? Unless we change direction, this "broken" healthcare system will bankrupt us and ultimately make healthcare of any kind completely unaffordable for the average business or consumer.