It’s should have been apparent to us that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t decrease health care costs but simply defers them. An interesting study from the Netherlands confirms this intuitive conclusion.
“It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.”
“Lung cancer is a cheap disease to treat because people don’t survive very long,” van Baal said. “But if they are old enough to get Alzheimer’s one day, they may survive longer and cost more.”
Don’t worry, however, we’re working hard to make lung cancer treatment more expensive as we introduce prohibitively expensive agents into the treatment mix of the disease. These new agents by the way have had a minimal effect on longevity in these patients. Still, it’s nice to live longer.
In order to save money in our health care non system, it’s apparent that the only strategy that will work to cut costs is a systematic approach that fosters efficiency and cost containment.