The CDC recently published a report and the findings are alarming. Only about half of U.S. adults received selected preventive services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions.
One of the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to make preventive services more affordable and available which will in theory decrease expense related to controlling chronic conditions.
The study demonstrates that half of the population have not received needed and available preventive services. More than half of the population currently has some type of insurance so I’m not sure that health care reform will fix this problem.
The government was able to legislate health care reform but it is not able to legislate common sense and health choices. Unless there is a provision in the ACA that will send a limousine to a patients house, transport the patient to the physician, require the patient to give blood and then take prescribed medicine or follow a therapeutic diet on a daily basis for the rest of his of her life, this problem does not go away.