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Simpler, cheaper 'upstream prevention' — such as installing AC or paying for a taxi ride to the doctor — could save taxpayers
In 2017, health care spending in the United States grew to $3.5 trillion, or nearly 18 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. But not all of this spending actually helps make us healthier. In fact, it is estimated that one-third or more of the country’s health care spending — or more than $1.1 trillion — does not lead to better health outcomes.
In a new research paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Mac McCullough and Matthew Speer from the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State Universit, with a team from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health led by Jonathan Fielding and Steven Teutsch — examine the true extent of health care waste in the United States.
credit: Katherine Reedy, ASU