Averting a Health Care “Meltdown”: Investing in Prevention

The U.S. spends over $2 trillion annually on health care -- 16 percent of its GDP. Health care costs are continuing to rise, placing an increasing financial burden on Americans and threatening the solvency of the health care system. A greater focus on prevention and disease management could reign in these rising costs and improve the affordability of health care.

Click here to download the fact sheet, "The Value of Prevention," released at the briefing

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A panel of health care experts will examine how better prevention of chronic disease can help the U.S. avoid economic catastrophe in its health care system. A new resource outlining the economic value of prevention will be released at the briefing.

  • Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Executive Director, Emory Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions; and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy at HHS under the Clinton Administration
  • John Clymer, President, Partnership for Prevention
  • Jenny Gladieux, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP

Panel will moderated by the American College of Preventive Medicine

WHEN: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
10:00 am -- 11:00 am EST
WHERE: Room HC-6, U.S. Capitol Building

To RSVP, email Anne Kott at

This event is sponsored by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Partnership for Prevention, AARP and the American College of Preventive Medicine. It is being held in cooperation with the Congressional Prevention Caucus.

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