According to the highlights, we spent $2 Trillion (yes, trillion with a T) on health care last year, and the United States spends more on health per capita than any other country, and health spending continues to increase. The United States spends a larger share of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health than does any other major industrialized country. In 2004, the United States devoted 15% of its GDP to health.
Are we getting our money's worth?
Well...here are some of the highlights...I'll let you be the judge:
First, the good news: Life expectancy in the United States continues to increase. In 2004, American men could expect to live more than 3 years longer, and women more than 1 year longer, than they did in 1990
Now the bad news: Yet, even as progress is made in improving life expectancy, increased longevity is accompanied by increased prevalence of chronic conditions and their associated pain and disability.
Between 1988â€“1994 and 2003â€“2004, the prevalence of overweight among preschool-age children 2â€“5 years of age almost doubled, from about 7% to 14%.
The prevalence of overweight among school-age children increased more than 60% between 1988â€“1994 and 2003â€“2004. Among children 6â€“11 years of age, overweight increased from 11% to 19%. The prevalence of overweight among adolescents 12â€“19 years of age grew from 11% to 17%
Among adults 20â€“74 years of age, overweight and obesity rates have increased since 1960â€“1962. These increases were driven largely by increases in the percentage of adults who were obese. From 1960â€“1962 through 2003â€“2004, the percentage of adults who were overweight but not obese remained steady at 32%â€“34% (age-adjusted). During that time period, the percentage of adults who were obese increased from 13% to 34% (age-adjusted)
In 2005, 28% of adults 18 years of age and over had any low back pain in the past 3 months
Between 1988â€“1994 and 1999â€“2002 the percentage of adults in the civilian noninstitutionalized population who reported using an antidepressant drug during the past month more than tripled, increasing from 2.5% to 8.0%
And now my personal favorite....
Wait for it....
In 2005, almost one-third of adults 18 years of age and over engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity.
Really? Almost 1/3 engaged in regular physical activity?
I'm only a CPA, so please excuse my math skills, but 2/3 of the country is either overweight or obese, and only 1/3 of the country exercises on a regular basis?