Exploring Health Policy

Conversations: What Policy Initiatives Will Help Address the Growing Prevalence of Chronic Disease?

07.09.13 | By

From cancer and diabetes to heart disease and hypertension, prevalence of chronic disease in America has reached epidemic proportions. In the U.S., 75 percent of our health care dollars go toward its treatment. With the effect these persistent conditions have on our health care system - from decreasing quality of life to increasing costs - finding ways to help patients not only cope with their current conditions, but also prevent them is essential.

As we hear from you regarding where best to focus our questions for the forum, we’re reminded chronic disease affects every community, regardless of location or socio-economic status. We feel it’s critical to address this head on, with a focus on how we can help patients through strong public policies, so this week we’re posing the following question:

When it comes to prevention of chronic disease, what one policy change would have the greatest impact on moving from “promise” to “results”?

We look forward to responses from Ken Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; and Ola Akinboboye, President of the Association of Black Cardiologists; and many others.  But, we also want to hear from you.

This forum is designed to bring together perspectives from everyone involved in health care. I hope you take a moment to add your point of view to the Conversation.



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