Sunday, June 26, 2011

Health care: another point of view

One person out of ten in the USA suffers from addiction to alcohol or some kind of illicit drug abuse. Alcoholics die in general twenty years before their time (it is what scientists call “premature death”). This evaluation of addiction does not even take into account the smokers: over 400,000 people die every year from a cause related to tobacco. Another look at this is to say that half of the heavy smokers are dead by age 60.
What does that costs to society? Smoking deaths in the USA: about 92 to 137 billions/year, alcohol related deaths about 176 billions, other drugs 115 billions. 
Gee! That would be about 400 billions or half of the federal health care budget saved per year if. Only IF is difficult to imagine and harder to achieve. 
So half of what we pay covers one person out of ten. 


Cerulean Bill said...

Recall reading how most times, highest med costs are in final years of life: Save money - die sooner?

Claude Lambert said...

Hi Bill, I thought you were in France already!You can die sooner: the young people need their cocaine. Me, I want to hang on a while longer...