Welcome to the Disease Economy – Part 1
There is an economic machine that dominates the world and is in the business of disease. That’s right, the business of disease.
It thrives because of the global approach to healthcare, and Christians support this deadly system just as much as everyone else. This must change!
In the last few posts I gave a clarion call for “Biblical health” in an article titled, “Think Different”.
In the next three posts we will explore the modern “disease economy” that has both the world and (I’m very sad to say) the Church in its grip.
Then we will reveal God’s solution for breaking us all free!
In the U.S. alone, $2.64 trillion was spent on healthcare in 2011.
This industry swallows up almost 18% of the entire U.S. economy, the largest economy in the world. It’s a huge problem. And that is just the direct expenses, and does not include all the related costs in any industry like energy and other overhead.
It also does not account for the indirect costs that come from the loss of productivity of a sick population. The numbers are staggering, and yet, as a population we just keep getting sicker.
Question: Are you part of the epidemic?
The U.S. devotes far more of its money to healthcare (really disease care) than any other nation on Earth. In 2011, we spent nearly $8,500 for each of our 313 million citizens.
Did the investment pay off in longer and better quality lives? Well, the numbers paint a grim picture.
Life expectancy in the U.S. ranks somewhere between 36th and 38th in the world at just over 78 years; right below the U.S. in the rankings is Cuba. But here’s the kicker: Cuba spends less than $200 per person per year on healthcare.
So, what is the $8,300 in extra expense buying us? Obviously nothing with regard to life expectancy, but it does support a thriving disease economy!
Revelation 18:23 speaks about the merchants of Babylon on the eve of their destruction. It says, “For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries.”
That word for sorceries is actually “pharmakia”, which is the Greek root from which we derive “pharmacy” and “pharmaceutical”. That is the world of drugs.
In verse 3 it says of Babylon, “Because of her desires for extravagant luxury, the merchants of the world have grown rich.”
So the merchants have grown rich by deceiving the nations with drugs. Let’s explore that for a moment and have the facts tell the story.
The global drug industry in 2011 raked in over $880 billion; in the U.S. alone it was close to $300 billion. There’s a lot of money in pills, and to keep the profits soaring, the drug industry in the U.S. spends two times as much on advertising as it does on research.
What does that tell you about the actual intent of these “merchants”?
Their motivation is to “grow rich”. That is why healthcare costs are so high in the U.S., because it a profit-driven system not a health-driven system.
We account for 28% of the spending on drugs in the world, yet only make up 4% of the global population. In fact, Americans spend more money on drugs than we do on food.
Yes, that’s right! Making matters worse, half the money we spend on food is spent on fast foods and junk foods. No wonder we’re so sick!!
In our next post we continue our exploration of the numbers behind the “Disease Economy” and uncover which other industries are also involved with “Big Pharma” in the propagation of this economic machine.