What can you do about the huge financial burden of chronic health care conditions?

Problem:  Huge financial burden of chronic health care conditions on your people, office, and health insurance.

Solution:   Engage in preventive health care strategies clinically proven to decrease costs (stats below) and increase well-being.

Mindful Tip:  Gaining the awareness that there are practical strategies available to practice preventative care.

Chronic conditions are a big burden on you, your health, your workplace and the nation.  The good news is that these conditions are largely preventable.  Read on for startling statistics on the top 6 chronic health conditions, the burden on our health care system and what you can do about it.  

The six major causes of chronic conditions in the United States are heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis.  A chronic disease is a disease lasting six months or longer.  According to the CDC these six major causes of chronic conditions are the most costly, common and also preventable.

The national health council estimates that approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40% of the total population of this country are affected by chronic conditions.  By 2020, that number is projected to grow to an estimated 157 million.

The National Health Council says that more than 75% of all health care costs are due to chronic conditions.

The costliest of these chronic conditions are heart conditions which cost health care over $107 billion and nearly $95 billion in lost productivity (stat from 2012 report).

The Mayo Clinic defines heart disease as a range of conditions that affect your heart. Heart disease is often interchangeable with the term cardiovascular disease.  Heart attacks would fall under this definition of heart disease.

The great news is that health care educators can make a key difference by teaching preventative care techniques and strategies to the public.  Many of the causes of chronic diseases, including heart disease, are behaviors that can be changed such as consumption of alcohol, lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, lack of managing daily stresses and use of tobacco.

Mindful teachings, wellness and stress management strategies are effective tools to increase awareness and to provide practical tools to take control of one’s health.

Health care educators can provide curriculum and programs available to the public that assist in making behavior changes that positively impact their health and decrease the risk of chronic disease.

These teachings can be provided in community centers, workplaces and doctor offices.

Studies from Healthy People illustrate that for every $1 spent on workplace wellness, medical costs decrease by about $3.27 and increases productivity, with absenteeism costs decreasing by about $2.37 (Healthy People 2020, General Health Status, 2011).

One study shows that by investing in prevention and treatment of the most common chronic diseases, the U.S. could decrease treatment costs by $218 billion per year and reduce the economic impact of disease by $1.1 trillion annually.

These studies support the enormous positive impact that preventive care teachings will have on the financial burden of chronic disease on our nation and the importance of teaching the public through workplace wellness programs and community wellness programs to empower individuals to practice preventative care to increase their well-being.







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