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Ian Goldin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677771.001.0001

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Safe, Effective, and Affordable Health Care for a Bulging Population

Safe, Effective, and Affordable Health Care for a Bulging Population

(p.164) 9 Safe, Effective, and Affordable Health Care for a Bulging Population
Is the Planet Full?

Robyn Norton

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the escalating cost of health care in Chapter 9. Instead of focusing on the considerable dangers posed by contagious disease (as others have done), the chapter focuses on the burgeoning costs imposed by non-communicable disease. It warns that the world will soon face a tsunami of rising costs of care in the developed world and increasing demands for cost-prohibitive models of health care in the developing world. Most people do not have access to safe, effective, and affordable care, and unless something drastic is done, life expectancy and quality of life could fall in the face of rising global population. Current challenges include the surge of tobacco use, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, and obesity in low-income countries. To avoid the impending crisis in health care, preventative care should be targeted and expanded, and certain tasks should be shifted away from doctors and towards other health-care professionals.

Keywords:   health, preventative care, non-communicable disease, urbanization, ageing, physical activity, diet, overweight and obesity, tobacco consumption, new medicines

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