More discussion needed on health crisis costing millions of lives, billions of dollarsWASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 28, 2007) - Today the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) called on Democrat and Republican presidential candidates to use the upcoming LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forums in Des Moines to spell out their plans for better addressing the number one cause of death and rising health care costs in America: chronic disease."In hosting the campaign's first health care-only debates, the organizers of the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forums have created an excellent opportunity for candidates to talk about their visions for a healthier America in which chronic conditions are managed better, and even prevented, through improved upfront care," said PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe. "Many candidates have put forth health care proposals, and these forums provide a chance for more discussion around the most important issue in health care. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease urges Democrats and Republicans to join Lance Armstrong, a man who is famous for winning uphill battles, in overcoming America's most serious health care challenge-chronic disease."Chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are the number one cause of death and leading driver of rising health care costs in America. They account for seven out of 10 deaths and 75 percent of every health care dollar spent in the U.S. These are conditions that, with proper early intervention, diet, and exercise, could be prevented, delayed, or minimized. More than 130 million Americans today have a chronic disease.About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.The PFCD's mission is to:
- Challenge policymakers - in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates - to make the issue of chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue through their health care proposals
- Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation
- Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease
Leaders in the effort represent more than 50 leading organizations from across health care, business and labor including Aetna, American Academy of Family Physicians, Alliance for Aging Research, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Hospital Association, American Pharmacists Association Foundation, Disease Management Association of America, Kerr Drug, Integrated Benefits Institute, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, NAACP, Milken Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, National Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Service Employees International Union, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and YMCA of the USA, among others.