Billions of healthcare dollars are spent every year on emergent, catastrophic events that result from preventable chronic diseases. This means billions of dollars that could have been saved had patients received seemingly basic and routine primary care. However, such treatment is often inaccessible to many under the traditional healthcare system, largely due to an influx of new healthcare users, individual financial burden, and lack of convenience.
The burden and cost of chronic disease is growing in the US, and rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity isn’t helping the situation. Particularly worrisome is that the onset of chronic disease is shifting to younger-age individuals, who will be participating in the labor environment for years to come. This shift further increases the economic burden to employers, as illness-related loss of productivity is added to the cost of care.