Three out of Four Health Care Dollars are Spent on
Our health care system does a good job treating short-term problems, such as broken bones or infections, and medical advances are helping people live longer. However, with obesity reaching epidemic proportions and the population aging we need to do a much better job managing chronic disease.
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease take a tremendous toll on health and cost huge amounts of money. Without dramatic changes, 1 in 3 babies born in Iowa today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Chronic diseases account for 3 out of every 4 dollars spent on health care-nearly $4,700 for every man, woman and child in America.
Invest in Health. Save on Health Care.
We need a President and elected officials who take action to change the health care system to focus on:
Empower Americans to prevent chronic diseases by making healthy choices: staying active, eating right, and getting recommended screenings and vaccinations.
Ensure Americans with chronic disease get early treatment and quality care to better manage their disease and enjoy a healthier life.
Encourage public and private investment in medical research that will result in better treatments to prevent and lessen the toll of chronic diseases.