Let´s briefly analyze three different situations.
In the US Market, the average per capita expenditure goes around USD 8K; the highest in the globe, and the outcomes according to the WHO are almost 5 (in a scale of 10). That as a whole represents 18% of the annual GDP and growing.
In the European Union, the average per capita expenditure goes around USD 3K; and the outcomes are on top of 8.
In Malaysia, the average per capita expenditure is UDS 350; and the outcomes very similar to the European Union.
In the western countries; 95% of the total healthcare expense is used to recuperate and rehabilitate the patients; out of that amount:
- 47% goes to pharma
- 13% goes to the Care Givers (Doctors, nurses, etc.)
- 10% goes to the MRI services
- 9% goes to infrastructure
- 7% goes to laboratory samples
- 14% goes to other type of services and procedures
The problem is that in a supposed “healthy” system, we should first PROMOTE healthy lifestyles, then PREVENT according to age, gender and level of activity, and finally RECUPERATE & REHABILITATE a person when sick or injured.
It is evident that as in most of the business models to properly work and make sense, the incentives should be aligned; that is really not happening here in my opinion from a stand point on which there are NO incentive to keep a person healthy, otherwise, most of the chronical diseases that are growing double digit every year because of the “modern” lifestyles, full of fast food, no time for physical activity and unlimited work hours that deteriorate your health (stress I believe is called) are still the norm. Just look at all the “best selling” series on Netflix and the so called “cool” lives they show and of course the pretty and immortal people involved on the dramas. All lies…none of them eat, sleep or work as they appear to.
We need to go back to basics, probably to “the little house on the prairie” way of looking at things; frugal, simple, not necessary easy but full of activity, proper dieting and mainly balanced; that was not a long time ago in galaxy far far away, my grandparents lived that way and I have recently celebrated my grandmother’s 101 birthday. She has probably not the perfect diet (sugars and liquor once a week) but gets checked every month and walks still at least 15 to 30 minutes a day.
There is no reason to limit our lives and aim to have more dreams than remembers, because we as normal and common people can PROMOTE how to live better, share time and good food with family and friends, get connected and very close to the care givers as friends and not as people you need to see only when something hurts or goes wrong.
The final stage should be to get payed for not getting sick and live longer (that’s my dream)