Preventive Care is Good, Even Though It's Not Saving Money

Preventive Care Is Good, Even Though It's Not Saving Money

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17 thoughts on “Preventive Care is Good, Even Though It's Not Saving Money

  1. What about expenditure to SUPPORT the household and so on? If my mom was sick for even a day she loses quite a bit for her cleaning business. If your on the clock like she like you can probably relate to what I am talking about. So with that, the costs of supporting the sick person (baby sitter, pet sitter, lawn services etc etc etc) I bet you would save something too!

  2. I have both Social Security Medicare, AND a separate co-pay insurance supplement that I pay out of my own pocket. But when I went to go in for a routine physical prior to my upcoming surgery, THEY REFUSED TO PAY FOR EVEN ONE PENNY OF IT. Wait a minute… they'll pay $50,000. for a surgical procedure, but not the $200. it costs for a goddamned ANNUAL PHYSICAL?? I once thought that preventative care was a good idea, just like going in for an annual dental checkup. When I missed mine a few years a while back, I got a abscessed tooth, the dentist had to pull my largest molar, and it will cost me SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GET ONE DENTAL IMPLANT TO REPLACE IT. Try coming up with that kind of cash when you're 71 and retired!!! In the entire world of health care and medical insurance, WHY ISN'T THERE AFFORDABLE INSURANCE FOR DECENT DENTAL CARE??? I suppose that Uncle Sam just doesn't believe that having healthy teeth is good idea.

  3. The cheapest preventive care is watching what we eat and drink. The majority of health issues are caused by our lifestyle choices. Stop drinking coke and go for a walk every now and then would save everyone a lot of money.

  4. I've heard you refer to Oregon several times during the course of Healthcare Triage, and I feel I should point out that you are pronouncing it incorrectly. I know that it looks like it SHOULD be pronounced similarly to polygon, hexagon, ect. but it's actually pronounced Oregun. You've got the first part right, kudos to you, but the second half is gun, not gone. It is extremely common for people who do not live here to mispronounce it, so don't feel bad. (psst, you should hear some people try to say Willamette….it's waaaay worse.)

  5. So I quit smoking recently (finally), and…yeah, the quality of life increase is pretty fantastic. I genuinely didn't realize I wasn't supposed to be coughing that much.

  6. Isn't preventative care only really expensive because the healthcare industry is price-gouging in America? Didn't you say in the very last episode that other countries have similar health outcomes for MUCH less cost?

  7. Prevention also might provide economic benefits. It is generally easier for a business to weather the planned absence of an employee for a preventative visit than it is to handle the unplanned absence from getting sick. That is going to be much harder to measure in an evidence based way though.

  8. In other words people are mostly clueless in predicted economy per culture and place while humans being clueless in majority about healthcare besides data.

  9. My only question is that you didn’t address people’s continued/increased earning potential when they avoid illness — the arguments I’ve heard most often have been for positive affect on the economy overall rather than reduced healthcare costs specifically.

  10. So cost savings from preventative care are generally offset by later spending because individuals live to be older? Was that the crux? Or was it that most prevention is not designed with cost in mind?

    Either way it's like saying keeping a car well maintained isn't cost saving because you put more resources into maintaining than if you junked it much earlier. Sure there is a balance, you don't need to be washing and waxing your car very day, but that analogy is apropos as a way of outlining how other factors have to be taken into consideration, not just cost.

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