As we prepare to head to the polls over the coming weeks and months, health care and the economy continue to be issues that are top of mind. At the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, we are on the ground and in the states, challenging the candidates to develop a strategy to tackle the number one driver of health spending: chronic disease.
Recent polling from the Morning Consult finds that 86 percent of Americans think the next president and the next Congress need to find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Additionally, the poll finds half of voters say that prevention and better management of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s should be the top priority in order to reduce health care costs.
The domino effect from such a policy plan would be extraordinary. Chronic disease accounts for 90 cents of every health care dollar spent and it also has serious implications across the economy. A recent study from the Milken Institute found the annual economic impact on the U.S. economy of the most common chronic diseases is calculated to be more than $1 trillion, which could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by the middle of the century.
These costs are avoidable. A comprehensive plan and commitment from our political leaders to fight chronic disease can have a profound impact on families and our economy. The Morning Consult poll suggests that 86 percent of the American people know this.
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