The holidays tend to lead to lots of family conversations (often debates) about everything from the latest movies and TV shows to the latest diet trends to work to politics. If Uncle Fred or Aunt Mary this year bring up how expensive health care is, you should wow them with some facts about the true cost of health care.
- FACT: 86 cents of every dollar spent on health care goes to chronic disease.
- FACT: Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, COPD, cancer, depression, and heart disease, are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In fact, chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every ten deaths in the U.S
- FACT: Chronic diseases affect the quality of life for 145 million people – almost half of all Americans.
- FACT: One in two Americans lives with at least one chronic condition and more than one in four American adults have more than one chronic condition.
- FACT: Politicians who claim to want to lower health care spending are not serious unless they first address chronic disease.
It’s the holidays though, and there is also hopeful news to share! With a health care system that better detects, treats and manages chronic disease, we can change our nation’s health care story, improve the lives of millions of Americans, and strengthen our economy by tackling chronic disease.
Innovations in our health care system are already helping move in this direction. Newsmax reports, “Deaths from cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) have declined 23 percent over the past 10 years, from about 327 deaths to nearly 251 per 100,000 people.”
But we can and must do more. Politicians and Americans alike this year are focusing much of their time and rhetoric on the cost of health care, but it’s time they get real about the real costs – chronic disease.
We challenge you to raise this point over the holidays and make sure we all start to get serious about the real driver of health spending: chronic disease.
Join us and sign the petition today.