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Lifestyle Change vs. Medical Services in Reducing Morality Rates

If expenditures on medical services are less effective in reducing mortality rates than are changes in lifestyle behavior, why does the U.S. continue to spend an increasing portion of its resources on medical care? Feel free to draw upon your own experiences or other resources to answer this question.

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Briefly, this is considered somewhat controversial, as some opponents argue for the medical model (e.g. Asclepius- which treats disease and sickness after is has occurred), while others argue for the preventive model (e.g., Hygieia - which focuses on prevention strategies, such as changing lifestyle before the disease and sickness occurs). It is two ways of looking at the main objectives and goals of the healthcare system. These two types of healthcare systems are rooted in ancient times and the worship of certain Greek gods and goddesses (Asclepius and Hygieia). ...

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If expenditures on medical services are less effective in reducing mortality rates than are changes in lifestyle behavior, this solution explains why the U.S. continues to spend an increasing portion of its resources on medical care.

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