Title of Poster or Paper
Professor Andrew Lazowski Professor Daniel Rober
College and Major available
Exercise Science UG
4-24-2019 2:00 PM
4-24-2019 5:00 PM
Interrelationship between Healthcare and Finances The Rising Cost of Healthcare in Relation to Obesity: Is It Worth It?
As time goes on, it appears that everything has become increasingly more expensive. With prices rising, it is expected that the product in question has been advanced, improved or somehow progressed. On the contrary, healthcare in the United States has not followed the same general path. Certain products and services have seen exponential increases in recent years, much greater than can be tied to general inflation. Healthcare costs in the United States have risen astronomically in recent years, yet the public health outcomes in the nation have not maintained the same upward trend. Obesity, specifically continues to see large increases, and the current treatment methods appear unable to keep up. Rates of morbidity and mortality associated with obesity have seen no decline, yet American citizens continue to pay more and more for their health care.
Compiled evidence suggests that the primary goal of American healthcare spending tends not to be the health-related outcomes for patients. Rather, medical care in the United States appears to place emphasis on profitable procedures and reimbursement. Thus far, the rising cost of healthcare in the United States has not contributed to a promotion of public health and wellness. Rising costs for obesity treatment, for example, appear to be a positive trend, but the obesity epidemic has seen little to no change.
To understand the true issue of obesity, one must first understand peripheral factors that contribute to a physician’s treatment of the condition. A greater emphasis on the improvement of obesity rates by using cost-effective measures has the potential to create public health outcomes that benefit patients. Healthcare providers and policy makers should be aware of the weak aspects related to obesity treatment prior to allocating more money to the condition. By first evaluating the modern day barriers to treating obesity, the American healthcare system will be able to make a more effective use of financial resources.