The Power of Prevention and Wellness — keep people healthier longer.
Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Chronic disease prevention, to be most effective, must occur in multiple sectors and across individuals’ entire life spans. Prevention encompasses health promotion activities that encourage healthy living and limit the initial onset of chronic diseases. Prevention also embraces early detection efforts, such as screening at-risk populations, as well as strategies for appropriate management of existing diseases and related complications.
People with chronic illnesses or conditions have unique needs, which California’s healthcare financing and delivery systems must more effectively address. With hospital costs accounting for the bulk of healthcare spending in California, one goal of health reform must be to improve the health of Californians with chronic illnesses and conditions, thus reducing hospitalizations, nursing home placement, and associated costs.
Number of people with a chronic conditions in California is:
- More than 16 million
Almost half of all people with chronic conditions have multiple chronic conditions
- 25% of people with a chronic condition have some type of activity limitation
- 46.2% of the population has at least one chronic condition, and this number is projected to increase
- Women are more likely than men to have chronic conditions