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America’s Health Care Priorities III: Insurers and Insurance Systems

June 24, 2009
by H. Edward Hanway
New York Times

Economix asked health care experts and stakeholders this question: What should the priorities for health care reform be?

So what drives health care spending? In the United States, chronic disease - like cancer, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease - accounts for fully 75 percent of health care spending.

Virtually everyone agrees: Since 70 percent of chronic disease is preventable or reversible, we can and must do more to promote wellness and prevention. A Trust for America's Health report found that spending $10 a year per person on chronic disease prevention programs would save the United States more than $16 billion annually within five years.

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