Chapter 5

Shifting the Focus from Communicable to Chronic Diseases

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend the widespread problems that will result from the increasing incidence of chronic diseases in the United States
  • Become aware of the fact that chronic diseases cannot be cured
  • Recognize that if chronic diseases cannot be cured, they must be prevented
  • Acknowledge the need for partnerships in dealing with the health problems associated with chronic diseases
  • Understand the necessity of increased funding for chronic disease prevention programs

The United States spends over $2 trillion on a health care system that is not producing great value for the recipients of its medical care. Despite spending all of this money every year on health care, millions ...

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