As lawmakers continuously review changes to our health care system, it is incumbent upon leaders on both sides of the aisle to acknowledge the single largest driver of health care spending – chronic disease – and present a concrete plan for addressing this human and economic threat.
Ninety cents of every health care dollar spent is spent on treating people with chronic disease. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability. One in two Americans lives with at least one chronic condition and almost three in four older Americans have one or more than one chronic condition.
The good news is that most chronic diseases are preventable or manageable. 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.
Join us in the #Fight4Health and demand leadership on the issue from all our policymakers.
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BACKGROUND & DATA METHODOLOGY
National White Paper: The Costly Chronic Disease Epidemic, 2016: https://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sites/default/files/PFCD_WhitePaper_...
IHS Life Science "Burden of Chronic Illnesses in the U.S."
Global Data PLC "Advancing Health Equity"
IHS Markit "COVID-19 Severity Risk & Prevalence of Underlying Health Conditions"
IHS Markit "Burden of Alzheimer's Disease in the U.S."
IHS Markit "Commercial Rebate Sharing Model"