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WHO, WEF reports examine cost of treating and preventing, economic burden of NCDs

August 08, 2017

"The global economic impact of the five leading chronic diseases -- cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease -- could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF)" and the Harvard School of Public Health that also was released on Sunday, Reuters reports. The study "found the cumulative costs of heart diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes in ... poorer countries are expected to top $7 trillion in 2011-2025, an average of nearly $500 billion a year. Mental health, which is typically left off lists of leading NCDs, will account for $16 trillion -- a third of the overall $47 trillion anticipated costs," the news agency writes (Kelland, 9/18).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.