During these trying times, it is especially important that we prioritize health issues in our collective and individual planning.
To begin, as we previously reported:
- What Will Healthcare Costs Be in 2021?
- Best Health News Stories of the 2010s
- Easy-to-Use Health Quizzes for YOU
- Another Great Resource – Healthy People
- Health Care Coverage by Age Category
McKinsey Insights: Prioritize Health
Today, we turn to McKinsey & Company for expert insights:
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unwelcome reminder of just how much health matters for individuals, society, and the global economy. For the past century or more, health improvements from vaccines, antibiotics, sanitation, and nutrition, among others, have saved millions of lives and been a powerful catalyst for economic growth. Better health promotes economic growth by expanding the labor force and by boosting productivity while also delivering immense social benefits. However, in recent years, a focus on rising healthcare costs, especially in mature economies, has dominated the policy debate, whereas health as an investment for economic return has largely been absent from the discussion.
In Prioritizing Health: A Prescription for Prosperity, we measure the potential to reduce the burden of disease globally through the application of proven interventions across the human lifespan over two decades. By intervention, we mean actions aimed at improving the health of an individual. These range from public sanitation programs to surgical procedures and adherence to medication and encompass interventions recommended by leading institutions like the World Health Organization or national medical associations. We also examine the potential to reduce the disease burden from innovations over the same period.
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