If we all live healthy will we all die cheaply?
"Matt Hancock, called for a greater focus on prevention (doi:10.1136/bmj.k4684). If properly funded and implemented over time, this should indeed help more people to keep away from doctors." For a while. Not forever.
It is pleasing to think that good health begets decreased costs. However, all will die and most will do so of a chronic disease preceded by medical treatments. Living longer as healthy people generally does generate additional expenses as well. (1)
(1) van Baal PH, Polder JJ, de Wit GA, et al. Lifetime medical costs of obesity: prevention no cure for increasing health expenditure. PLoS Med. 2008;5(2):e29.
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