While the concept of healthcare reform remains a tepid debate, there's little disagreement the system itself is, if not yet in outright need of a defibrillator, at least heading in that direction, Lipitor in hand.  According to the just released 2011 edition of the National Scorecard on U.S. Health Care System Performance, U.S. healthcare is showing "substantial erosion" along with rising costs (stressing families and businesses), significant health delivery variations, and routinely missed preventive opportunities. It's no wonder.  Built without the essential ingredient of accountability at its core, the U.S. model continues to perpetuate seemingly unchecked cost escalations and health status declines.  Across the 42 measures of healthcare delivery the scorecard measures, the U.S. scores 64 out of 100 – […]

October 11th, 2011

Curious about what the real cost is, in actual dollars, of chronic diseases? How does $47 trillion sound? Yes, trillion. That's the dollar amount the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Harvard School of Public Health estimates the global price tag will be by 2030. It's also the reason the WEF has concluded the cumulative output loss related to unhealthy behavior is much more than a health issue – it is "an economic issue" with the potential to "not only bankrupt health systems but also put a brake on the global economy." And let's not forget the human side of this. The World Health Organization projects the number of deaths from non-communicable diseases – cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart diseases and respiratory disease – […]

October 2011
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