It seems that one of the major drivers of increasing US healthcare costs is the American lifestyle, which (arguably) is skewed toward poor diet, lack of exercise, etc. So improved health education may be one of the keys to managing costs and improving heathcare “outcomes” metrics (life expectancy, infant mortality, etc.).
- What sort of heath education will improve results?
- Where (in school, in home, via media, via heath professionals (doctors/nurses)?
- Who should pay for it? How (taxes, health insurance, other?)
This topic was discussed on July 22, 2013
This session will focus on the dramatic changes in the U.S. health care system. Among the potential sub-topics are:
- What should be the federal government’s role in health care?
- What changes should there be in how health care organizations (doctors, hospitals, device manufacturers, etc.) are compensated? (Existing fee-for-service model vs. more “outcome-based” compensation?
- Why does the U.S. lag other developed countries in certain “health” metrics (despite spending a greater proportion of GDP on healthcare)?
U.S. Life Expectancy on the Rise, but Progress Lags Global Peers’ (WashPost 7/10/2013)