Targeting aging itself — rather than individual diseases associated with it — could be the secret to combatting many health care costs traditionally associated with getting older. Increasing “healthy” life expectancy by just 2.6 years could result in a $83 trillion value to the economy.

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>Our estimates abstract from both inequalities in health and income. Allowing for health inequalities is likely to increase the value of the aggregate gains, but introducing income inequality raises important distributional issues. Our estimates suggest that treatments that target aging are extremely valuable. If the cost of such treatments is low then access to them will be widespread. If, however, the costs are high then issues of access and redistribution will become important. What is clear from the magnitude of the potential values outlined in our simulations is the need to ensure widespread access if the full value of these social gains is to be realized. I want to stress the fact it will be crucial to have it widespread and not only accessible for those with wealth beyond imaginable compared to any average worker. If the treatment is 8-9 figures, most of the population will be left behind and this will cause many problems. As for the promise of slowing aging or even reversing it, there is a much bigger push and even wealthy are investing to reap the benefits of their wealth for longer. The only factor now is time, not *if* we can reverse aging.

Ryukickass6

I wish we didn’t have to equate everything to money to give it value

WorldsOkayestName

Wait a second, wasn’t there a study just a couple years ago about how implementing universal healthcare would save like 1.5 million human-hours per year and like 73,000 lives? I’d be curious to see the study’s impact on life expectancy as a whole, considering the huge ~~price tag~~ ROI. Edit: english is hard sometimes.

redingerforcongress

>Increasing “healthy” life expectancy by just 2.6 years could result in a $83 trillion value to the economy. Because people will be working longer. Geez we already work until we’re 67.

livinginfutureworld

I thought the point of having a longer healthy life was to enjoy it, not spend it working for the economy.

seffri