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Study Highlights Impact of Chronic Conditions on Working America
Date:10/8/2007

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Progress in preventing and treating disease has added approximately 30 years to Americans' life expectancy since the beginning of the 20th century but among working Americans, the incidence of chronic conditions is on the rise. According to Harvard economists, a one-year improvement in the life expectancy of the U.S. population translates into a four percent increase in gross domestic product (GDP), an increase currently equal to about $540 billion. Recognizing that healthy people are essential to a healthy and productive economy, more employers are linking health status to better employee quality of life and improved day-to-day productivity.

A copy of the study with the complete methodology can be found at http://www.aha.org.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.


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