The United States needs to figure out how to shift efforts and resources and focus upstream. We need to recognize the folly of trying to bend the healthcare cost curve by primarily searching for efficiencies at the end of life. The more money spent at the end of the lifespan on high cost treatments for preventable diseases means less money to spend upstream on improving early childhood health and development and education. If we are going to really shift the cost curve into a lower trajectory, we need to shift the health curve in to a higher trajectory. The most leveraged and cost effective way to do that is to focus on the time in life when health trajectories are being formed, developed, and launched. The nations we compete with have already done this or are moving in this direction. It is time we look around, review the science, and move into the 21st century.
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