The next time you hear a quote about other countries having better health outcomes. The next time you hear about rising health care costs, consider the following. Comparing the US to other countries when it comes to health care is not as easy as some politicians and policy makers make it appear. You cannot simply drop another countries health care system on the US and expect the same results.
The research by the World Obesity Federation (WOF) found that treating the effects of obesity will cost the world’s collective health care systems $1.2 trillion per year by 2025, and the increase in health care costs to the U.S. is on track to outpace all other nations.
According to the research, the U.S. was paying $325 billion per year in 2014 to treat cancers associated with obesity, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and other health complaints with a link to being severely overweight. That figure will hit $555 billion by 2025, the WOF said, unless significant action is taken to address the epidemic.
The study said the total expenditure for U.S. health care on obesity-related illness between today and 2025 would be $4.2 trillion.