Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of market research on health care costs and the current state of our care quality. My research was mainly focused on preventative wellness care and I was attempting to back up my claim that the most prevalent and costly diseases right now in America are widely preventable if we would just approach them correctly. My theory is that not only would addressing problems like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure with conservative, preventative wellness care lead to better outcomes, it would also eliminate other deaths that are attributed to prescription drug usage.
The topic of prescription drugs has been a pretty significant one over the last couple of years as the public becomes continually aware of the problems and side effects of pharmacologic treatment for certain conditions. Of course this is a great first step as more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of trying to solve everything with a quick prescription, but even with that wheel slowly beginning to turn, we still find ourselves in a health care system that widely overuses prescription medications.
To illustrate that claim, here is a fantastic overview of just how huge the prescription drug problem is in America:
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