According to the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA), we need to remove the cause and not simply treat the symptom if we want the country to be healthier.
"This will come mainly from addressing the significant factors outside the health system that have major impacts on Australia's health outcomes and health equity and on better preventive strategies," said Tony McBride, AHCRA Chair, in an August 26 statement.
He explained the "social determinants of health" (SDOH) need to be addressed, such as making sure Australians have access to nutritious and affordable food from an early age – giving them a "good start in life".
Mr McBride added that living in a safe environment and having access to amenities such as good housing and transport may positively impact a person's well-being.
While prevention should always be the first step, it is not always possible.
If you want to make your family's health a priority, you may want to consider taking out a family health insurance policy.
There are a wide range of health insurance plans out there, so talking to HICA about which one will best suit your family's needs is a great idea.