On Wednesday morning, Blue Cross Blue Shield published a 32-page report detailing the myriad ways millennials (my cohort !!!) would see their health decline and healthcare costs rise over the next 10 years. The whole thing is a pleasure to read and to blend in very well with my usual morning routine of "looking at my coffee and thinking about how fleeting life is."
In the intro of Moody & # 39; s analysts report Analytics write that when researching on "millennial health models", they found "several interesting and concerning findings." Well … Pardon mon Francais, but I will say so! Using a combination of data from Blue Cross Blue Shield, CDC and previous health studies, the report predicts that millennials will reach the new triple threat of being sick, brokers and dying younger than the previous generation, Gen. X. My Millennial colleagues have for years, they have been essentially predicting this result, without all the fantastic data, and we joke regularly that our parents will outlive us. Turns out … … we were right all along!
The report addresses two potential future future projections: a 'baseline forecast' or what can be expected if we are somehow able to substantially correct the course of things; and a far more frightening "unfavorable projection" or what happens if things just continue to hit the current path of doom and destruction. According to this unfavorable forecast, millennials can expect at least a 40 percent increase in mortality compared to Gen-Xers at the same age. We (and when I say "we" mean my sick peers and myself) we can also expect to pay one third more healthcare costs than the previous generation of the same age and therefore make about $ 4,500 less per year. All this is absolutely torn apart.
The big economic picture looks like the millennia that are less able to "contribute" to the "US. labor market. "As we are expected to be sick, we are also expected to be less good at our work ̵
True juicy treats relate to the potential causes of what analysts call a millennial "health shock," or a phenomenon that compares to the Vietnam War and the HIV / AIDS crisis. Analysts have hypothesized that the major difference in generations may be limited to rapidly increasing behavioral health problems or things such as depression, hyperactivity (meaning anxiety, ADD and ADHD) and substance abuse. (They are also the largest source of offline spending, according to a study released Wednesday morning.) Between 2014 and 2017, rates of depression and hyperactivity increased by 30 percent among millennials. Compared to Gen-X, millennials between the ages of 30 and 39 are less likely to die of boring old things like heart disease and cancer, but more likely to die of accidental overdose, suicide and murder.
So physically speaking, we are actually healthier than our predecessors, but statistically it doesn't really matter. As we laugh at our Soylents, spin on our Pelotons, take 10,000 steps every day and treat sugar like poison, we still manage to be depressed like hell; soothe our troubles with substances that could (and will) kill us; and have crippling anxiety. To round off all this, analysts write that paying for these behavioral health problems further emphasizes us, which contributes to making us less healthy.
As a millennial woman who goes for a run most mornings; maintains several nights without alcohol per week; eating a balanced lunch, hunched over his desk; and there is currently an unread e-mail from myself, the subject "therapists", in my inbox … I don't know anything about the problems outlined in this report, personally . But best of luck to the rest of the wretches and see you in hell!
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