Fund for Chronic Disease Prevention Is Vulnerable Amid Deficit Reduction

December 15, 2011
U.S. Medicine

WASHINGTON — While some health officials laud the Prevention and Public Health Fund as the nation’s best chance of funneling resources into chronic-disease prevention, it is not clear that the fund can survive deficit-reduction efforts unless it can quickly prove a return on investment.

HHS officials call the rise in chronic disease in the United States an “epidemic of unprecedented magnitude,” with seven out of every 10 deaths due to some form of chronic condition. Heart disease and stroke account for 50% of deaths in the U.S. annually, and nearly half of all adults have at least one chronic illness.


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