The World Health Organization considers the rise in chronic diseases an epidemic that will claim the lives of more than 80% of people over 65 in Europe. Both the human cost and cost to the community is substantial, especially when taking into account the presence of multiple chronic conditions, which has a multiplier effect on both the health burden and management costs.
Health matters. It’s an issue for every single person—ill health impacts every part of life. Health is also a precondition for economic prosperity, for both individuals and nations. However, current health models aren’t designed for the burden of chronic disease. To ensure sustainability, healthcare systems will need to become more efficient. Health expenditure should be considered as an investment rather than a cost. Adapting to the changing demographics and disease patterns is essential for increasing healthcare sustainability, socioeconomic development and stability.
“Responding to the Growing Cost and Prevalence of People With Multiple Chronic Conditions”, by Gerard Anderson, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
OECD Public Spending on health and long-term care: a new set of projections. OECD Economic Policy Papers No. 6, OECD Publishing. 2013.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.