‘Piggybacking’ on the opioid crisis: How the opioid epidemic is reshaping America
Posted On July 26, 2021
When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, it was a monumental shift in how the country viewed and treated health care.
It provided the government with more control over the way health care was delivered.
The goal was to lower the cost of health care, and it did.
But as we’ve learned since then, the cost is still rising, and people are dying of it.
The U.S. spends more than $1 trillion a year on health care—almost a quarter of our GDP—but its costs are rising.
The cost of care for seniors is rising, as are the costs for people with chronic illnesses.
And the number of people who die of an opioid overdose has surpassed the number who die from other causes in the U.K. or Canada.
While the opioid pandemic has helped drive the increase in overdose deaths and overdoses, the real change has been in how people have been treated for their symptoms.
The opioid epidemic has brought about an incredible transformation in how Americans think about health care and healthcare providers.
It’s brought about a tremendous change in how we think about the value of care.
And it has fundamentally changed how we live our lives.
This is the first in a three-part series exploring how the opioid crises are reshaping our society.
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