Huh, is that all?
Wait for it... The upside for the economy and society as a whole would be enormous: a $12 trillion economic opportunity (cue confetti)! According to a new report, poor health reduces global GDP by 15% each year from premature deaths and lost productive potential among the working-age population.
You said it. Prevention is going to be key to achieving health improvements including encouraging and supporting the adoption of healthier behaviors.
Pass the broccoli?
It’s going to be a lot harder than eating more green things. Making the shift to health promotion and prevention is going to require a major shift in a health system built around disease treatment. Focusing on addressing chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and mental health (which all massively contribute to premature death and lower quality of life) would be essential.
Sure, but what about cost?
The shift to prevention isn’t going to break the bank. In fact, in higher-income countries, implementation costs could be more than offset by productivity gains in healthcare delivery. That, plus a focus on mental health resources and allowing greater workplace flexibility can give organizations a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help rethink/reshape health systems. And then, you might find yourself...living in a whole new world.
A date with data:
A total of 580 million person-years were lost to poor health among those aged 15 – 64 in 2017.
Connecting the Dots Between the EAP and Empathy: Supporting a Mentally Healthy Workforce.