Thursday, September 13, 2012

Denver Post Editorial: Preventive Care is the Key

Recent news about the number of people in this country who have out-of-control high blood pressure was astonishing —some 36 million Americans.

That condition poses terrible risks for cardiovascular disease, but the real shame in the numbers is that 89 percent of those people reported having regular access to health care.

The statistic is one of many that points out the need for better preventative care and a greater awareness of the risks of not seeking treatment and changing their lifestyles.

And let's be candid: This is about cost, too.

Discussions about high government spending often migrate to the escalating cost of health care and how it affects Medicaid and Medicare, in particular. The cost of treating chronic conditions cannot be ignored in this context.

More than75 percent of health care spending is fortreatment of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Obesity is a frequent contributor to these conditions.

For the rest of the editorial, go to The Denver Post.

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