Today, we are not only faced with an economy and healthcare system that are in poor health, but collectively, as a nation, we also are in poor health. In fact, in the last two decades, our health has plummeted to the point that we are now in the midst of a health shortage that's reached epidemic proportions and is getting worse every year.
Over the last century, the U.S. has fallen from one of the healthiest nations on earth to the bottom quartile among developed nations. The disturbing reality is that we are in poorer health because of the growing prevalence of chronic diseases that now accounts for three fourths of our healthcare expenditures and two thirds of medical cost growth.
And yet, what's missing from the current debate on healthcare reform is the fact that our worsening health deficit will confound every well intended attempt to fix our current healthcare system. In other words, we cannot solve our nation's healthcare cost crisis until we simultaneously chart our course back to becoming a much healthier nation.