Center for American Progress

Health Prevention as a Priority: Creating a “Wellness Trust”

Health Prevention as a Priority: Creating a “Wellness Trust”

Fears for our health typically focus on dramatic threats like avian flu, E. coli or denial of needed care due to high cost or lack of insurance. Yet, the real killer in this new century is chronic illness. About 70 percent of deaths and costs in the U.S. are attributable to chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer–diseases that can be prevented or controlled. Fewer than half of adults receive recommended preventive services, costing us millions of lives and billions of dollars.

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