Healthcare in the U.S. is facing a lot of uncertainty due to changing policies and an aging demographic. People over the age of 65 will soon make up 55% of the nation’s population, causing a shortage of 40,800 to 100,000 physicians.
Luckily, advances in technologies such as virtual reality, wearable devices, and 5G may provide both an affordable alternative and improved quality of life including better personal care monitoring, more effective treatment, and a helping hand in the operating room.
According to a new report released earlier this month by the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 40% of Americans are obese, contributing to a dramatic increase in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
Nearly half of all Americans suffer from one or both of these conditions, which are now responsible for 85% of health care costs.
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