HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen

  • Publication Date: Sun Apr 14 2019 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: FWT Books; 1 edition (April 14, 2019)
  • FileSize: 2427KB
  • total Page: 208 pages
In 2018, most Americans said that health care was their top public policy issue, ahead of taxes, immigration, the environment and education. Warren Buffett observed in 2010 that health care costs were a tapeworm eating at our economic body. Health care costs are also consuming a growing portion of Americans' household budgets, making medical spending a kitchen-table issue for most people in the U.S. Patients have morphed into health consumers and, now, payors of health care. As Americans spend more and get less return-on-investment for their personal health spending, HealthConsuming asks the basic question: can (and will) Americans morph from health consumers to health citizens? The book explains how HealthConsuming has come to be: how consumers are playing growing roles in making health for themselves, their families and friends, and in their communities, facing ever-growing financial health risks; peoples' growing use of mobile platforms and broadband connectivity, and the promise of digital health for wellness, prevention, self-care and chronic medical care; expanding access for retail health in our communities; the overwhelming evidence for investing in social determinants of health; growing challenges of personal health information privacy and security; and, ultimately, whether Americans have the prospect of becoming full health citizens like peers enjoy in the rest of the developed world.

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