Rising Health Care Costs Coming From Global Warming

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 14:39 PM
November 17, 2011

 Jael has asked me to write a blog about the more than $ 14 billion dollars Global Warming has added to health costs in the United States.  Researchers now reveal that expenditures for medical attention have not been included in national estimates of property damages and insurance costs stemming from the many hurricanes, wild fires, floods, air pollutions, heat waves, etc. and resulting diseases.

 Health Affairs Journal has published an urgently important article, “Six Climate Change–Related Events In The United States Accounted For About $14 Billion In Lost Lives And Health Costs.” Five scientists reviewing annual medical costs, prove that losses from Global Warming are grossly underestimated.

 Dr. Kim Knowlton of Columbia University, Senior Scientist for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and spokesperson for this study, states:  “Right now, there’s a gaping hole in our understanding of the health-related costs of climate change. This report begins the work to fill that void. Only by having a clear sense of health impacts and their costs, can we work to reduce them.”

 Researchers estimate that in almost a decade there have been some 1,700 premature deaths, nine thousand  hospitalizations, 21,000 emergency room visits and at least seven hundred thousand outpatient visits, totaling three-quarters of a million health care encounters in this country initiated by Global Warming.

 Knowlton adds:  “These numbers are big, and it’s important that we begin to think about and address these health costs and what climate change is likely to mean for people’s health.”  She could say as well, “for their life expectancy.”

 An additional problem is that the government does not keep accurate account of mounting health care costs coming from climate change.  Because only 13 states now include public health measures in their Global Warming adaptation plans, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) has proposed the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act.  It would require the government to design national reporting mechanisms as health care workers respond to climate change disasters.

 In 2008, NRDC commissioned a report concluding that non-medical costs in all parts of the world from Global Warming would total some $ 1.9 trillion dollars by the end of the century.  British economist Nicholas Stern says that it could be as much as five percent of the $ 63 trillion gross national product of all nations.

 Of course Jael has given my name as an alias.  But the doctors in our families working around the globe know that the tremendous health care costs caused by Global Warming is not a joke.  We, as Christian medical personnel, are well aware of Bible prophecies which explain that for some ailments there are no healing medicines (Jeremiah 30: 13), and when that time comes the End-Time Judgments foreseen in the Book of Revelations are at hand.

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