In a resource-strapped environment, large spending on preventable chronic diseases crowds out the ability to spend limited dollars on other medical issues that would — in the long run — serve a greater good in creating a healthier, more prosperous America.
The 96 percent of Medicare dollars already spent on preventable chronic diseases is a fait accompli. But if we act with urgency to embrace and support prevention and healthy lifestyles in America, we can give our nation’s youth a better shot at a future of good health.
And if we’re successful, they’ll live long and well, and they will benefit from an affordable Medicare system — however it might look in the future.
Joe Moore is president and CEO of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.
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