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New Jersey Leaders Detail Savings for Health Reform
Date:7/1/2009

news is that by changing our focus we can rein in out-of-control costs. A system that is based on chronic disease prevention, management and care coordination will yield both better health care results and billions in savings."

The group outlined the costs and savings potential from chronic disease prevention and management:

  • Seventy-five cents of every dollar spent on health care is for patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma -- many cases that could have been prevented entirely, detected earlier, or better managed. In Medicaid and Medicare, the numbers are worse -- 83 and 96 cents respectively.
  • $1.7 trillion of health care spending annually is associated with chronic illnesses, which also cost the United States $1 trillion in lost productivity every year.
  • Medical bills contribute to more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies. Three-quarters of these bankrupt families had health insurance, but were still overwhelmed by medical debt.
  • 30% of the increase in health spending since 1987 is due to doubling of the rate of obesity during that time.
  • Two-thirds of spending over the past 25 years is attributable to the rise in rates of treated chronic disease.
  • In New Jersey, roughly $7.5 billion is spent every year on the seven most common chronic diseases alone.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease has been urging national leaders to realign incentives in the health care system to encourage chronic-disease prevention and management, provide incentives for health care quality improvements, eliminate health disparities, promote community health intervention and translate "best practices" research into action.

New Jersey State Chamber President Joan Verplanck explained, "Through its Platform for Progress, the State Chamber has advocated
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