Disease Costs Globally In The Trillions

New estimates gathered from the World Economic Forum (WEF) predict what global disease are costing each year. Their information shows that by 2030, the total cost to health services will run around $47 trillion USD.

Their classification of global diseases include heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

The senior director of health at the WEF, Olivier Raynaud, commented on the severity of this problem.

“Until now, we've been unable to put a figure on what the World Heath Organization calls the 'world's biggest killers'.”

Raynaud added: “The numbers indicate that non-communicable diseases have the potential to not only bankrupt health systems, but to also put a brake on the global economy.”

But the World Health Organization (WHO) states that it is entirely possible for each of these diseases to be treated, and even prevented, at a cost of around $1.20 per person.

The assistant director-general for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the WHO put it into perspective.

“Non-communicable disease are the leading cause of death worldwide, killing ever more people each year. This study proves that there are affordable steps all governments can take to address non-communicable diseases.”

Currently, global disease kill approximately 36 million people each year.

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