Wednesday, July 29, 2009

One reason medical care costs go up - successful treatment

It's long been known that dead people have very low health care costs. This is probably one of the main cost cutting strategies of Obamacare, along with the fact that poor health care, which leads to an earlier death, costs less than good health care. But he doesn't want to confuse you with those details now.

This article shows how rising survival rates from heart attacks have gone hand in hand with the more expensive interventions needed to secure better results.

"In the 1960s, the chance of dying in the days immediately after a heart attack was 30 to 40 percent. In 1975, it was 27 percent. In 1984, it was 19 percent. In 1994, it was about 10 percent. Today, it's about 6 percent."

Just think, if our survival rates were the same today as they were 40 years ago, we could not only have saved the extra money for more sophisticated and successful heart attack therapy, but all those dead people wouldn't have cost a dime in additional health care all the extra years they didn't live.

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