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Tesla is slowly cutting pharmaceutical and health insurance costs

By on August 26, 2021 0

There are so many industries that Tesla is affecting, even threatening. However, there are a few that don’t get much thought or attention. While Tesla does not make drugs or cure diseases, it is also having a growing effect on the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry here in America.

Dementia and air pollution

To live in To reported that fine particle (PM2.5) air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dementia. In a study that looked at data from two long-term studies in the Seattle area, researchers at the University of Washington found that high levels of PM2.5 in the environment corresponded to an increased risk of dementia.

Rachel Shaffer, who was the lead author, said: “We found that an increase of 1 microgram per cubic meter of exposure corresponded to a 16% increased risk of all-cause dementia. There was a similar association for Alzheimer’s type dementia.

“We know that dementia develops over a long period of time. It takes years, if not decades, for these conditions to develop in the brain, so we had to look at the exposures that covered this extended period, ”Shaffer also said.

Covid-19 and air pollution

It was also identified last year that higher death rates from Covid-19 were linked to higher levels of PM2.5. An author of the report said: “We now know that exposure to fine particles puts Americans at risk of dying from COVID, in addition to everything we know about the harmful effects of fine particles.” She added: “The most important result is that we have found that people living in the counties of the United States that have experienced a higher level of air pollution in the past 15 to 17 years have a COVID death rate. -19 considerably higher. To quantify, we found that a one unit increase in long-term average fine particulate matter exposure is associated with a 15% increase in the average COVID-19 death rate in the analysis. This increase takes into account adjustments for any systematic differences between characteristics at the county level. [such as population density or smoking rates]. “

Asthma and Air Pollution – Traumatic, Extremely Costly and Fatal

According to the American Lung Association, particle pollution can increase the risk of several diseases, including asthma attacks. PM2.5 can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs and increase the risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Anyone living in places with high PM2.5 pollution levels is at risk.

Scientists from the University of Hiroshima, the University of California and the Leibniz Research Institute found that PM2.5 sends the immune system into overdrive and makes asthma worse. PM2.5 particles activate the cellular AhR receptor, which is found on cells in organs in contact with air, such as the skin or the lungs. They may have found a breakthrough in learning about the development of asthma.

For me, asthma happened when I was 14 years old. One day I was fine, the next day I was resuscitated at LSU Medical Center. It literally came out of nowhere and changed my life forever. Back then Medicaid paid for everything and I’m alive because of it. If I hadn’t taken Medicaid, my mom wouldn’t have been able to afford all of the drugs, nebulizer, and constant hospital visits or therapy I had to endure. I literally had to relearn how to breathe properly. Things like peak flow meters, spacers, and a variety of inhalers were now a part of my life. In addition to lowering health insurance costs, the growth of electric vehicles will reduce taxpayer-funded Medicaid costs.

A 2019 article in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine predicted that the projected economic burden of asthma in the United States is estimated at just over $ 300 billion in direct costs over 20 years, and over $ 960 billion in direct and indirect costs.

“The total 20-year direct costs associated with uncontrolled asthma are estimated to be $ 300.6 billion (95% confidence interval [CI], $ 190.1 billion to $ 411.1 billion). When indirect costs are added, the total economic burden will be $ 963.5 billion (95% CI, $ 664.1 billion to $ 1,262.9 billion). American teens and adults will lose approximately 15.46 million (95% CI, 12.77 million to 18.14 million) QALYs during this time due to uncontrolled asthma. Across all states, the 20-year average per capita costs of uncontrolled asthma ranged from $ 2,209 (Arkansas) to $ 6,132 (Connecticut).

As more people switch to electric vehicles (the majority of them are Tesla vehicles in the United States so far), PM2.5 emissions and asthma will drop.

Tesla vs. healthcare costs

President Biden has set a target for auto sales to be 50% electric vehicles by 2030. This target would not have been achieved without Tesla’s leadership role in the electric vehicle market. Regardless of the models sold, tens of millions of electric vehicles replacing gasoline motorcycles will significantly reduce the costs of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and health insurance.

In short, the growth of electric vehicles (led by Tesla) and renewable energy (of which Tesla is also a leader) will reduce healthcare costs, reduce the need for pharmaceuticals and, therefore, reduce insurance costs. sickness.

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