The importance of preventative care is typically talked about in terms of better health for individuals, but a piece in Seacoast Online is featuring a piece talking with a retired actuary, Bill Massidda, on whether or not the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act lives up to its name.
Massidda breaks it down pretty simply:
“If you just think about three major diseases,” Massidda said, “you’ll understand the tremendous impact which the preventive care provisions of the ACA are going to have.” He was talking about the economic impacts of cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), diabetes and cancer; medical conditions that account for more than 50 percent of all deaths in this country every year. Each of these diseases is much more expensive to treat as an advanced medical condition than it is to prevent, to detect and to treat if found early enough.
The actuary goes on to explain that those with insurance currently contribute more than $30 billion a year toward emergency medical treatment of the uninsured.
The ability to access preventative care, as set out in the ACA, not only improves health of individuals by catching health issues early, or preventing them all together but also results in significant savings to individuals and corporations.