Some of this is repetition as far as a few diseases accounting for a majority of healthcare spending, although 2 things should be noted on that: first, cancer uses almost as much money in spite of having far fewer people with the disease than diabetes. Second, healthcare insurance providers do everything they can to minimize coverage of chronic illness, and there are studies and a growing body of evidence to prove it. Hence, the penny-pinching up front ends up costing the healthcare system more in the long-run because of complications that could have been avoided with proper care had they stopped trying to prevent current expenditures on PWDs up-front.
This was a wonderful TED video; thanks for posting. I'm proud to say I'll be 30 in April (T1D for 17 years) and still no kidney problems (knock on wood) and I also hope one day I will have a child who can say their mother won the fight against a chronic disease.
I loved this message. But maybe more than the message itself, the fact it was presented to an audience with great potential. You never know where it might go.
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