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Making Progress on Health Reform: Where Does Fighting Chronic Disease Fit In?
Date:2/24/2009

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Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths and 75 percent of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States each year. More than 130 million Americans today have a chronic disease, many of which could either be effectively prevented or minimized through simple, low-cost disease prevention and management programs that would eliminate, not just shift, costs from the U.S. health care system. The annual economic impact on the U.S. economy of the seven most common chronic diseases is calculated to be $1.3 trillion, which could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by the middle of the century.

"While many health reform proposals under consideration get stuck in political debate, tackling chronic disease is the one thing that everyone - Republicans, Democrats and the public - all agree on," said Thorpe. "Given the toll chronic diseases are taking on our nation, the time to act is now."

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)

The PFCD is a national and state-based coalition of more than 100 patients, providers, community organizations, business, labor and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of policies and practices that save lives and reduce health costs through more effective prevention and management of chronic disease. For more information, please visit www.fightchronicdisease.org.


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