Friday, May 29, 2009

A Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN)

As many blogs and news services as I use you'd think it wouldn't take me so long to run across a great report on improving America's health care system from the Samueli Institute. The Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN) pulls key elements from several other reports and recommendations to present a coherent plan to save money and improve our health by preventing disease and illness.

Medicine evolved from the practice of curing our ills and it's been a big, profitable enterprise. Today it's so big that it consumes 16.3% of our GDP while the amount of care decreases due to rising costs and the number of uninsured. The basic solution is to a new paradigm of medicine to prevent illness and disease. This is where traditional medicine can learn from the world of complementary and alternative medicine.

The WIN report is interesting reading, especially while health care reform is such a hot topic in our country. You'll find it at WIN.

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