Health of Americans

September 13, 2014 The Lancet

By Derek Yach
I commend Ursula Bauer and colleagues for drawing attention to the need to address the non-communicable disease (NCD) burden as part of a series on the health of Americans. However, their work has three vital limitations.
First, a deeper analysis of why only 3% of public spend on health care and less than 2% of employer spend goes to prevention is needed for sustained change. […]
Second, the classic government-led (infectious) disease-control paradigm that Harold Jaffe recommends needs substantial adaptation to tackle the complexity of NCD prevention. […]
Third, workplaces must be utilised more effectively for key prevention for the 155 million working-age adults. […]
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