Moderated by Tom Sabulis
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By Kenneth Brigham and Michael. M.E. Johns
The current trajectory of Medicare costs cannot be sustained. Politicians propose a variety of solutions, all of which intend to cut the cost of care for people who have a disease. While some of those solutions are creative and might work in the short run, there is a major flaw in the rationale: The cost of disease care will continue to increase. We cannot afford disease care for all who will need it unless we can decrease their numbers. Halving the incidence of chronic disease would save over a trillion disease-care dollars.
To accomplish that, we must change the paradigm. The concept of “predictive health” — health rather than disease and prediction of health status rather than diagnosis as the focus — is a radical shift that can decrease the burden of disease. Much of the knowledge, science and technology that make this possible exists, and more is on the way. The barriers are the