Chokshi DA, Jennings CC. Latent Natural Resources for Health. JAMA Forum Archive. Published online November 2, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2017.0049
Latent natural resources are those that exist in our world today, waiting to be tapped. Think of wind before windmills. Or in a more modern example, private apartments before Airbnb. What else is out there right now, awaiting our development, specifically to advance health?
This question becomes more consequential when we consider major forthcoming health challenges—such as the care and cost burdens associated with the aging of the US population. In just 4 years, the first baby boomers turn 75; there is little dispute that their care needs and associated costs will place extraordinary pressure on the nation’s health care delivery system and the federal budget. Indeed, by 2030, there will be more than 34 million individuals aged 75 years or older, a 78% increase from the more than 19 million individuals in 2012.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, is Chief Population Health Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals, clinical associate professor at NYU School of Medicine, and primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital. Previously, Dr Chokshi served as a White House...