Group Addresses Rising Healthcare Costs in Advertisements
Chronic disease is a very expense part of our healthcare costs. In fact, according to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, 86% of the money spent through Medicare is spent on dealing with people with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
"Here in Nevada we have done a lot to help stop some of this, like getting people to stop smoking," says John Packham with Public Health Policy with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. "But there is still a lot to be done."
So the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is taking action. They are trying to get to the presidential candidates themselves hoping to see how they would address chronic disease, specifically. So they are launching a campaign of their one on the airwaves in the states where they see the candidates
are spending a lot of time. That would be swing states...like Nevada.
"The idea is to get the candidates to really focus in on chronic illnesses because so many of them are preventable. We want to hear plans for prevention."
Their ads will air during Democratic Debate in Las Vegas Tuesday.