The USA treatment costs are going up because demand is high. 10k baby boomers per day are retiring, living on average 15-30 years longer than when LBJ began Medicare and using the healthcare system much more. Basic supply and demand says the healthcare costs should continue to rise as well as a host of other factors including malpractice lawsuits, for-profit insurance industry, the fallacy of $1 billion dollar drug pipeline, etc.
Enter genomics: a proactive attitude toward disease care is a 21st century disruptive service and not everyone is on-board with the new technology. Once adopted, genomics will provide an avenue for individualized healthcare vs broad based disease care, the current standard.
When we take our autos in for repair, the mechanic plugs the car into a computer and finds the specific fault then fixes the diseased-part accordingly. In the current treatment system, doctors rely on individuals to explain their systems then they'll run a host of battery tests and guess what your diagnosis then give broad based drugs to hopefully clean the system.
Genomics will act more as one's personal mechanic's diagnostic system and specifically identify the disease as well as identify future probabilities of diseases in order to tackle the issues before they become full blown disease. Thereby saving the healthcare system overall in the long term care costs.
In disease, no one is average and we need to treat diseases individually. Thanks to 21st century medicine in genomics, we now have a better, cheaper alternative to 20th century treatment options!
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