Yes, you read that right. Prescribing the fruits and vegetables can help save upwards of $100 Billion! Okay that wouldn’t solve the national debt crisis, however it would be good starting point.
In a study conducted by researchers at Tufts University, they argued that by subsidizing fruits and vegetables the United States could millions of chronic diseases and save billions of dollars. The CDC states that roughly 70% of diseases are chronic and life-style driven, and nearly half of the population has one or more chronic health conditions, like diabetes, asthma heart disease, etc.
This results in 86% of annual healthcare costs in the U.S…. 86 PERCENT!!!
The results showed that with such subsidies, subjects rely less on healthcare. The first scenario would prevent 1.93 million cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks) and 350,000 deaths, as well as cut healthcare costs by $40 billion. The expanded second scenario would prevent 3.28 million cardiovascular events, 620,000 deaths, and 120,000 cases of diabetes–and save the U.S. system a whopping $100 billion.
Read the full article at https://www.fastcompany.com/90323580/prescribing-fruits-and-veggies-would-save-100-billion-in-medical-costs. Very quick and interesting read!
EAT YOUR VEGGIES EVERYONE!