Chronic diseases threaten health of Chinese public

15:31, March 25, 2011      

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Data from the World Health Organization shows that the direct medical costs of chronic diseases in China will exceed 500 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, according to the launching ceremony of the "China Chronic Diseases Health Education Project" on March 23.

"Chronic diseases have become a major threat to public health in China," said Kong Lingzhi, deputy director of the Disease Control Bureau under the Ministry of Health.

Statistics show that the constituent ratio of chronic disease burden to China’s total health expenditure has risen from more than 47 percent in 1990 to 70 percent in 2008, and the total medical costs of chronic diseases in China reached more than 850 billion yuan.

The survey results of the fourth general survey on national health services shows that the prevalence rate of chronic diseases among Chinese citizens reached 20 percent and the number of confirmed chronic disease cases reached 260 million. The average annual increase of chronic disease cases was 10 million over the past 10 years and chronic diseases cause more than 80 percent of deaths in China.

Kong pointed out that the problem of chronic diseases is no longer a simple health issue but also a social issue that badly threatens the economy and affects social justice. Chronic disease prevention and control should be transformed based on the advice from experts, and chronic disease prevention should be given priority instead of clinical care.

In addition, chronic disease prevention and control should be implemented by all of society instead of health sectors alone and should be transformed from something that is only practiced by professionals into a mass movement.

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