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Healthier Americans and a Healthier Economy

November 29, 2011
by Laura Segal
Altarum Blog

 

Preventing disease is one of the most common sense ways to improve health in America. But it is also a major factor for improving the economy.

High rates of chronic diseases are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity. In fact, more than half of all Americans currently live with one or more chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. High rates of these diseases, which in many cases are preventable, are associated with increasing health care costs.

Recently, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released a report, Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy (http://www.healthyamericans.org/report/90/)thatfeatures six case studies focused on the relationship between health and economic development.

 

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