- Annual health care costs: $2.7 trillion
- Percent of healthcare costs linked to individual behaviors: 70%
- Cost of tobacco, alcohol, soda, illicit drugs, unsafe sex, sedentary lifestyle, etc: $1.89 trillion.
Fee for service reimbursements to doctors:
- 5 minute cardiac stent: $1500
- 45 minute behavioral counseling: $15
Average annual salary:
- Interventional cardiologist: $320K
- Family physician: $168K
- Nutritionist: $53K
- Athletic trainer: $45K
“We don’t need to spend ourselves into poverty on health care,” cautioned a speaker in the documentary film Escape Fire. “We just need to do it differently.”
We need to reimburse health and wellness instead of more-more-more medical care. We need to pay fee for value instead of fee for service.
If health care inflation applied to the rest of the economy from the 1950s to today, food costs would be:
- A dozen eggs: $55.
- A gallon of milk: $48.
This post originally appeared on the Doctors for America blog.