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Health Care Cost – What are some of the Root Causes

Editor’s note: Understanding the root causes, having people be accountable for life style choices, and developing systemic solutions are important to addressing the health care cost trend. If it were easy we would have done it already. No amount of legislation is going to be a fix, no less a quick fix.

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A recent study estimated the overall medical costs of obesity to be:
  • $147 billion a year.
  • 9.1% of annual medical spending, up from 6.5% in 1998.
  • $1,429 – or about 42% – higher annually for obese patients than those of normal weight
  • 8.5% of Medicare expenditures, 11.8% of Medicaid expenditures, and 12.9% of private payer expenditures.

Source: “Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer- And Service-Specific Estimates,” Health Affairs, July 27, 2009, http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/hlthaff.28.5.w822/DC1

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August 6, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , ,

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