Disease Is Expensive October 22, 2007Posted by fitsnews in Pop Culture, SC Politics.
NEW STUDY FINDS CHRONIC ILLNESSES COST SOUTH CAROLINA $17 BILLION ANNUALLY
FITSNews – October 22, 2007 – According to a new study by the Milken Institute, chronic illnesses cost the State of South Carolina $17.8 billion annually, making our state’s sorry excuse for a health care system a lot more expensive than our sorry excuse for a school system. The report, entitled “An Unhealthy America,” was released in Columbia, S.C. today by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.
“We’ve long known the human toll of chronic disease in our state and in our nation,” Bauer said. “This new data from the Milken Institute brings to light the true cost burden of our failure to address chronic disease. It is clear we must reduce the rate of chronic disease to avoid potentially devastating economic damage to our state and nation.”
Bauer, who runs South Carolina’s Office on Aging, should know what he’s talking about seeing as so many of the elderly constituents he serves suffer from chronic diseases. In a speech earlier this month, Bauer pointedly challenged the 2008 presidential candidates to pay more attention to senior issues, citing the effective prevention of chronic disease as one of those issues.