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Partnership Applauds President for Shining Light on True Cost Driver in Health Care - Calls on CBO to Join the Effort
Date:2/26/2009

affect more than 130 million Americans.
  • They represent 75 percent of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. in 2007 - and are the primary driver of rising costs. In taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, the proportions are even higher: 96% and 83%, respectively.
  • The annual economic impact on the U.S. of the seven most common chronic diseases is estimated to be $1.3 trillion, which could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by 2050.
  • The PFCD has developed a set of CBO Guiding Concepts which are intended to generate discussion about new approaches to scoring legislation in these areas. These Guiding Concepts are available on the PFCD Web site at www.fightchronicdisease.org.

    About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:

    The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.


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