We in the US are spending "NOW' about $3 trillion dollars a year on medical care and a good question to ask is, are we getting good bang for our buck, money? Here are some statistics that may help answer that question, rounded down to be less frightening. Death caused by medications (prescriptions), statistics here can be less than clear, so, do more than 100,000 people die each year from medications properly prescribed and taken? Cancer, did more than 550,000 people die in the US from cancer in 2014? Alzheimer's disease: about five (5) million Americans are now living with Alzheimer's disease, every 70 seconds someone in the USA develops Alzheimer's: Knee Replacement: in 1999 about 190,000 total and in 2014 about 575,000; Diabetes: in 1990 about 6 million and in 2014 about 25 million diagnosed cases; Cardiovascular Disease (Heart, Stroke, Vascular, etc.): Every 33 seconds someone in the the US dies from CV disease, 82 million have some form of CV disease; Liver Disease: about 30 million individuals have some form of liver disease; Digestive disorder; about 65 million have some form of digestive disorder; Asthma: about 18 million have some form of asthma type disorder. Of course there are more maladies however, I decided to stop there. A close friend reminded me that I can't leave out mentioning Autism statistics and they are frightening - in 1990 about 1 in 500 children had Autism, in 2000 about 1 in 250, in 2010 about 1 in 68 had an Autism type disorder. And, I just read that the latest flu injection that many millions of people received in the US is about 23% successful, "OUTSTANDING"!
AND, 10% of our population is taking 5 or more prescription drugs daily, 70% of us are taking one prescription drug daily (statistics here are not clear), a total cost of prescriptions for those drugs is in the billions and billions, hundreds of billions that is, about #325 billion. ALSO, the drug/pharmaceutical companies spend about $4 billion yearly on advertisements for their drugs, which may be encouraging drug/pharmaceutical use (you think?).
SO, how healthy are we, we must surely be the healthiest nation in the world? Not so, the USA ranks about 35 out of 190 nations, in other words the US spends more per capita on medical care than any other nation and 34 nations out of 190 (industrialized and non industrialized) are more healthy than we in the US are.
We may want to think of doing something else, other than spending shiploads of money on doing more of the same. Doing the same things and expecting different results (how logical is that?). I am, of course talking of health care alternatives to the existing government sponsored medical care system that just does not work well. Robert Brown