Navigation Links
Obesity Cost More Than The Australian Health Budget

There has been a significant increase in the health care cost associated with obesity treatment in Australia over the recent years// Infact the treatment cost associated with provision of heath care for overweight, obese or physically inactive people approximates to $10.8 billion that is greater than the NSW health budget.

Obesity is becoming a major public health concern of late, with the annual expenditure approximating to 6% of the national health budget. It also leads to a significant loss in productivity. The burden is only likely to increase in the future, if appropriate steps are not taken by the federal government to provide incentives through the Medicare plan.

Paul Gross, Director, Institute of Health Economics and Technology Assessment has urged the Government to take immediate action through use of private health funds. Such funds are being used for provision of incentives to members in Britain and U.S. to stay fit and healthy.

It is estimated that for every percentage increase in body mass index (BMI), there would be a 2.3% rise in the national healthcare expenditure. Alarmingly, a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that there has been a 9% increase in obese individuals over the last 10 years. This can be partly attributed to the lack of public funds for provision of incentives to encourage weight reduction programs.

In order to change the present situation, GPs have to be encouraged to participate in integrated obesity management taking into consideration several factors such as food consumption, physical activity and lifestyle. Additionally, exercise physiologists and dieticians could also be involved in the process to make it more effective. This would ensure that the heath care is being provided through a multi-disciplinary approach.

'The Government supports measures that encourage healthy lifestyles … and is currently considering changes to private health insurance that promote wellness and prevention. Incentives could also be offered to employers to create opportunities for employees to undertake programs such as tax breaks or reduced workers comp premiums,' concluded a spokeswoman for the Health Minister.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Lean Protein Could Be Key to Obesity Drugs
2. Obesity raises IVF miscarriage risk
3. Obesity a risk for pancreatic cancer
4. Obesity shortens lifespan
5. Is Obesity a risk factor?
6. Obesity a global problem
7. Obesity increases health costs
8. Obesity in children a risk factor for diabetes
9. Decrease of Hunger Hormone after Obesity Surgery
10. Obesity risk for immobilized adults
11. Obesity risk can be reduced by eating breakfast regularly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 ... brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live ... not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his Bachelors in ... School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps Green Hospital ... at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to train in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a ... the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle ... chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of ... Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys ... peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing ... members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... develops, markets and sells medical devices and wearable sleep ... a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management ... on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet ... agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 ... today announced the appointment of Dr. Edward ... as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. ... Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a ... will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: