I couldn't agree more with the following quote. The undeniable truth in healthcare is that no amount of medical intervention can counter-balance the damage Americans do to their own health...
In answer to the question: If you could solve one problem in healthcare tonight, what would it be?
Stephen Mansfield, PhD, president and CEO of Dallas-based Methodist Health System said:
"About two years ago, the National Research Council issued a report funded by the Institutes of Medicine and Health. It was a 16-nation longitudinal study to answer this question: Why do Americans spend more money per capita than the rest of the industrial world on healthcare, but our health metrics lag those of other countries?
The answer was not anything to do with what we reformed in healthcare, if you will. The fundamental answer was about the health status of Americans. Shockingly, what they discovered was that the U.S. is either the worst or very near the bottom for most public health measures. The U.S. health disadvantage spans many types of illness and injury.
When compared with the average of peer countries, Americans, as a group, fare worse in at least nine health areas:
1. Infant mortality and low birth weight
2. Injuries and homicides
3. Adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmit¬ted infections
4. HIV and AIDS
5. Drug-related deaths
6. Obesity and diabetes
7. Heart disease
8. Chronic lung disease
If I could fix one thing, it would be that Americans accept personal accountability for their individual health. Most of the nine conditions listed above are autogenic. I think it's a conscious decision that people need to stop smoking, eat less and exercise more. No amount of delivery system reform can offset the impact of our declining health status as Americans."
[Credit: Molly Gamble, Beckers Hospital Review, November 7, 2014]