I watched this TED talk yesterday from a doctor who works in palliative/hospice care. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apbSsILLh28 It is 19 minutes long, and I encourage everyone to watch it. The speaker has a pretty incredible story of his own, and this is hard to describe, but just watch his eyes when he speaks. He made a great quote which I am going to steal wherein he called the Boomers the "Silver Tsunami" about to hit the health care system. We are at a spot right now where we are allegedly working on redesigning our healthcare system. However, I believe that every plan being floated right now is basically embedding the same flaw that has been there forever, namely that we treat symptoms, we treat illness, but we don't treat humanity.
I took care of a lot of people in the ICU and in Hospice, and they frequently have a lot more problems than their health. In fact, I'd say their health is typically the result of those problems. At present, we believe nothing is more important than saving money and reducing cost. We don't, however, seem to believe that a society of damaged, unhealthy people creates enormous cost on it's own, and we also don't seem to believe that society loses anything useful when somebody eats themselves into five different chronic diseases.
I like the slow changes I see happening. Maybe in fifty years people will have a different outlook. In any event, I really encourage people to watch this, it's good food for thought.