Who pays for the costs of treating chronic illness? There is no magic here. I do. You do. We all do. The costs of treating preventable illness come in the form of increased health insurance deductibles, co-pays, and premiums. They are translated into lower wages and bonuses at work because employers have to pass the buck on to their employees. The costs come from our federal and state taxes, for use in health claims covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and state health-related programs.
So just how much are we paying? Let’s just focus on the top seven preventable conditions. For a family of four, the average health care cost is $1,152 per month. That’s more than a lot of us are paying for housing! According to the book Discover Wellness: How Staying Healthy Can Make You Rich, here is how these costs break down:
- Heart Disease $460/month
- Cancer $240/month
- Diabetes $151/month
- Chronic Pain $137/month
- Obesity $86/month
- Stress $65/month
- Drug Reactions $14/month
- Total Cost $1,152/month
The solution to this problem is to have more people less sick. What if you could invest $1,000 per month in your family’s health and well-being? Pure nutrient-rich foods, gym memberships, high-quality supplements, doctors who use natural healing methods, spending more afternoons on vacation and less afternoons in the emergency room. Not only would you spend less time managing ill family members, you would have more fun! What a concept!
We can continue paying to be sick, or we can choose wellness.