The PFCD’s Mission – Improved Health, Lower Health Care Costs

PhRMA Actively Supports the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

05.06.13 | By Jeff Trewhitt

In a blog a couple of weeks ago, I summarized the many anti-chronic disease efforts PhRMA supports and explained why we’ve made those commitments.  High on the list of programs we back is the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and a recent statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains why: 

“The United States cannot effectively address escalating health care costs without addressing the problem of chronic diseases (http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/2009-power-of-prevention.pdf).”

The fact is, chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, account for more than 75 percent of the nation’s total health care costs.

That’s why a broad base of patient, provider, community, business and labor organizations – including PhRMA – joined together to form the PFCD, which seeks to improve the awareness, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

The mission of the Partnership is to:

  • Educate the public about chronic diseases and potential solutions for individual patients and entire communities.
  • Mobilize Americans to push for change in how governments, employers and health institutions approach chronic conditions. 
  • Challenge policymakers and legislators to enact health policy reforms that are necessary to effectively fight chronic diseases.

In a nutshell, the PFCD is promoting policies that improve our ability to detect, prevent and manage chronic diseases and encourage healthier living.  Those fundamental steps are sorely needed at a time when cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions are responsible for seven out of 10 American deaths – killing more than 1.7 million people every year.  In Medicaid and Medicare, chronic diseases are responsible for over 85 percent of the costs.    

 

To dramatically reduce those numbers and help improve health, the PFCD works with communities all over the country to conduct health care forums and events, localized chronic disease research efforts, consumer education campaigns and briefings with policymakers. 

Want to learn more about PFCD?  Check out some of their materials and tool kits here (http://www.fightchronicdisease.org).

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