Preventive healthcare is much cheaper than care of chronic diseases
'In the United States, two thirds of what we spend on health care is attributable to diseases that are preventable. Yet we invest less than 5% of our more than $2 trillion annual health spending on efforts to prevent illness'
A 2016 study found chronic diseases account for 7 of 10 deaths in the United States, and treatment of these diseases accounts for more than 85% of US health costs, including those incurring exceptional treatment costs. About half of health expenditures in the United States are accounted for by 5% of patients, yet many chronic conditions are preventable .
A 2007 study using US vital statistical data found correcting disparities in education-associated mortality rates would have averted 8 times as many deaths as were actually averted from improvements attributable to medical advances over the same time period .
A 2009 study by the Urban Institute concluded with an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based disease prevention programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent tobacco use could save the country more than $16 Billion annually within 5 years - a return of $5.6 for every $1 invested .
Correcting education-associated mortality on diet/exercise/tobacco could have averted 8 times as many deaths as were prevented from medical advances from '96-'02
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