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Well, I was only one year old and not thinking about much of anything, let alone healthcare in the sixties.
Fifty-one years later, here I am an executive healthcare leader reflecting on all the trivia stats that speak for themselves and thought you would be interested in seeing:
Per Capita Health Spend $147 $8,402
Gross Dollars on Healthcare $27M $2.6B
Healthcare % GDP 5.2% 17.9%
Medicare Enrollees 18M 44M
US Population > 65 yrs of age 17M 40M
Heart Disease deaths/100K population 559 180
Obesity prevalence 13% 35%
Tobacco use 42% 21%
Well, barring tobacco use and heart disease prevalence, it's all "bad news" and considerably worse than years ago. One thing for sure, healthcare is a "commodity" that is being consumed by a society with an appetite for superior technology, pharmacuetical advancements, exceptonal quality and service, and yet with great disparity of philosophy about how it should be funded. Hang on folks, put your seatbelts on, and continue to enjoy the maddening ride of healthcare "reform".