Trust for America's Health Initiatives

Ten Top Priorities for Prevention

America spends more than $2 trillion annually on health care, more than any other nation. Yet tens of millions of Americans still suffer every day from preventable illness and chronic disease. Additionally, the skyrocketing costs of health insurance threaten to bankrupt American businesses and weaken our economy. Some companies have already begun sending jobs to other countries where health care costs are lower, and this trend is likely to continue unless the health of the nation improves and costs are contained.

Several factors contribute to the health care crisis. One of the most important is our health care system's focus on caring for people after they have become sick or harmed.

It's time for the country to change course. Solutions to the problem must begin with stopping illness or harm before they occur. Prevention must drive America's health strategy.