An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Health & Wellness
Everyone encounters health problems during their lifetime and providing relief extends far beyond the research that goes into finding causes and cures of diseases. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated the annual health expenditure per person at $10,348 in 2016. Amounting to a national total of $3.3 trillion, or 17.9% of the Gross Domestic Product, this number is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. And while this accounts for the direct financial costs of medical care, there is a myriad of additional costs that can add to the trauma of dealing with a difficult health problem.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated the annual health expenditure per person at $10,348 in 2016.
The aim of preventive care is to maintain health, delay the onset of disease, and in some cases keep pre-existing disease from worsening. This can both reduce the costs associated with health issues and also help people to lead productive lives. According to the Canary Foundation, there has been a 70% decline in cervical cancer incidence and deaths in developed countries since 1950 as a result of the early detection power of the Pap test. Additionally, the 5-year survival rate for colon cancer is increased by 80% when detected early, before it has spread to other organs. Even simple lifestyle changes such as reducing smoking, drug use, and drinking, increasing exercise, and eating a well-balanced diet can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of certain diseases.
Unfortunately preventive care is often overlooked and underutilized due to both a lack of awareness and cost barriers. Campaigns to promote awareness, testing, and prevention are one critical factor in reducing occurrence and mortality rates of curable, treatable, and preventable diseases. A second critical factor is providing access and funds for testing and treatment, especially in underserved communities.
In addition to preventive care, family and patient support for those suffering from a pre-existing condition can help to offset costs of medical care, provide services and emotional support through difficult treatments, and connect patients to providers when they might not otherwise have access.
By donating to charities in the ‘Preventive Care and Wellness’ category, you are funding these critical campaigns, providing access to testing and treatment, and supporting families and patients suffering from a medical or mental illness. Health is a fundamental need, and these organizations work hard to ensure that need is in reach for everyone. Aside from financial support these charities provide emotional support, strength, hope, and joy to people they work with. Your contribution can help make all the difference to these individuals, families, and communities in need.