243373 Economic burden shouldered by public and private entities as a consequence of health disparities between men and women

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:10 AM

Armin Brott, MBA , Men's Health Network, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Talk Show Host, Oakland, CA
Adam Dougherty, MPH, MS1 , UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
Scott Thomas Williams, Vice President , Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES , Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
Janet Matope, MS , Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
Muguleta Taddelle, MA , Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
On average, American men live shorter, less healthy lives than women. They are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime, die in a car crash, commit suicide, and be injured at work. In addition, men have higher death rates in 9 of the top 10 causes of death, and are less likely to receive routine preventative care, leaving men with a life span that is significantly shorter than women's. Recently, policy makers and researchers have been paying more attention to health disparities including race, sex, and ethnicity. However, men are still noticeably absent from these discussions despite being significantly harmed by disparities in preventive care, quality of life, and overall health outcomes. Ignoring these disparities is costly in terms of lost productivity, lives lost, and financial costs incurred by the government and employers each year. Premature death and morbidity in men costs federal, state, and local governments in excess of $142 billion annually. It also costs U.S. employers and society as a whole in excess of $156 billion annually in direct medical payments and lost productivity and an additional $181 billion annually in decreased quality of life. As federal and state governments and the private sector struggle with increasing health entitlement burdens—including escalating health care costs—eliminating male health inequities emerges as an important source of savings. This analysis will examine the economic and intangible costs associated with the health disparities that exist between genders and the benefits reaped if these disparities are reduced or eliminated.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Biostatistics, economics
Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
- Discuss the economic, public health, and sociocultural impact of ignoring the male/female health disparity. - Demonstrate the hundreds of thousands of lives cut short, billions of dollars in lost tax revenue and increased welfare support payments, and billions more in lost productivity. - Assess the fiscal and public health case for a concentrated focus on reducing health disparities in men and women. - Analyze the health disparity between men and women including preventable factors. - Differentiate that men's health will in no way detract from our commitment to--and financing of--women's health.

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Armin Brott is an author, talk show host, and nationally recognized expert on parenting. He has written or co-written six critically acclaimed classics on contemporary fatherhood: The Expectant Father, The New Father, A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years, The Single Father, Throwaway Dads, and Father for Life. Armin has also written The Ten-Second Internet Manager, The Engaged Customer, The End of Advertising as We Know It, and The Super Mind-Body Cure. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, American Baby, Parenting, Child, Men's Health, The Washington Post and dozens of other major publications. Armin has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, including The Today Show, CBS Overnight, The Early Show, Fox News, and Politically Incorrect. His extensive work on fatherhood issues has been featured in such places as Glamour, Time, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and many others. Armin writes the "Ask Mr. Dad" newspaper column, syndicated in Northern California and he's also the host of "Positive Parenting," a weekly radio program that airs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC. Armin is on the Board of Advisors of the Men's Health Network. The father of three, Brott lives with his family in Oakland, California. Brott has spoken at the Congressional Wives Club, Washington, DC, University of California, Riverside Georgia Department of Health and Human Services, Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood, International Fatherhood Conference (organized by the National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership), Women's Freedom Network Conference, National Fatherhood Initiative Conference, Fathers' Rights Equality Exchange Conference, Malik Yoba's Daddy Conference 2000, Parenting workshop at Sonoma State College, Parenting workshop at Skirball Center in Los Angeles, Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and Numerous other hospitals and expectant/new parents' groups.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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