Interesting op-ed article in yesterday’s Times. It is so crucial for the wellness of both our population and the “health” care system that we get serious about promoting wellness. Michael Pollanjournalist and author of “In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto” states “We’re spending $147 billion to treat obesity$116 billion to treat diabetesand hundreds of billions more to treat cardiovascular disease and the many types of cancer that have been linked to the so-called Western Diet. A recent study estimated that about 30% of the increase in health care spending over the past 20 years could be attributed to the soaring rate of obesitya condition that accounts for nearly a tenth of all spending on health care.” WOW.
One would think that health insurance companies would be motivated to encourage better eating habits and healthier life style choices in general. Many are not yet. Howeveras Michael points outif insurance companies can no longer impose pre-existing condition limitations or adjust their premiums to compensate for poor health and therefore high claimsthis may shift.