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Feb232011

The Private Sector Makes Its Voice Heard on Prevention 

Budget talks are beginning to consume much—if not all—of Capitol Hill dialogue these days, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. In anticipation, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in partnership with WellPoint, Inc., held a briefing to demonstrate the toll chronic disease is taking on health care spending, and the cost-saving value of private sector prevention efforts.

"With all eyes on the budget…and discussions quickly turning to ways to lower federal spending and cut the deficit, it's a perfect time to have this discussion and collectively show what can be done to lower health care costs without compromising quality," said Dr. Ken Thorpe, executive director of PFCD, to Tradingmarkets.com.

Currently, preventable and highly manageable chronic diseases consume 75 percent of health care costs. For Medicare and Medicaid specifically, chronic diseases are even more devastating—generating more than 95 percent of costs.

The private sector solutions highlighted at the event demonstrated how targeting prevention and wellness efforts improve individual and community health, as well as reduce unnecessary health care spending. The event featured the efforts of health care organizations, payors and health and wellness professionals.

For more information on PFCD and future events, please visit www.fightchronicdisease.org.

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