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Adverse effects of chronic disease ripple through economy

March 23, 2016
The Business Record 
By: Business Record Staff
 
America's health care spending cannot be addressed without giving serious attention to chronic disease and its impact on our entire population and the economy, according to a new white paper released today by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
 
Affecting nearly every American in some way, the adverse effects of chronic disease ripple throughout families and workplaces across the United States, according to the white paper, "The Costly Chronic Disease Epidemic."
 
Fifty-six percent of people in Iowa have at least one chronic condition, 16 percent have two, and 12 percent have three or more. Diabetes and arthritis are estimated to cost American families more than $116 billion per year in lost wages and other economic losses in addition to the medical costs associated with those diseases.
 
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