The long view of mankind's civilized life on this planet is marked by many technological discoveries – the wheel, printing, etc. – that revolutionized human productivity. Perhaps the greatest economic boost has occurred in the past century through the cumulative effect of medical progress and improved public health.

The financial impact of this revolution is stunning: It accounts for an estimated 50 percent of all recent economic growth. So it is unfortunate that deliberations on “health reform" focus almost entirely on the political questions surrounding health insurance. Nothing will do more to improve America's health and reduce the costs of treatment than a carefully considered expansion of medical research and alteration of the destructive lifestyles that contribute to so much disease. According to the Milken Institute report, “An Unhealthy America," preventable disease already costs the nation $1 trillion, a cost that will increase rapidly unless we take decisive action. Reversing that trend and investing in medical research will provide the best long-term economic stimulus and save untold numbers of lives.

The presentation below and other resources on this site advocate prevention and cure-focused research as a means to enhance the value of human capital and reduce health-related expenditures.


This presentation, comprising 96 slides with text notes, is in three sections:



Milken Institute Review
1st Quarter 2010
Health Reform
An Unhealthy America:
The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease
Health Leaders in Prevention and Cures

Maria Bartiromo interviews Joshua Sharfstein, M.D. (FDA), Gail Cassell, Ph.D. (Eli Lilly), and Michael Milken

CNBC Interview with Joshua Sharfstein (FDA), Gail Cassell (Eli Lilly), and Michael Milken

Excerpts from July 2009 CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo, Michael Milken and the Cleveland Clinic's Steven Nissen, M.D.

CNBC Panel Discussion: The Future of Health Care

Michael Milken November 2009 speech (Introduction video produced by the Cleveland Clinic).

Michael Milken speech - Intro. by Cleveland Clinic

Excerpts from the Wellness in the Workplace panel at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference, featuring Safeway CEO Steven Burd, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, 24 Hour Fitness Founder Mark Mastrov, and former FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach.

Global Conference: Wellness in the Workplace panel

Excerpts from The Future of Health panel at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference, featuring MIT President Susan Hockfield, Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman and Gates Foundation Senior Fellow Elias Zerhouni.

Global Conference: The Future of Health panel (excerpts)

Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler and Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken discuss health reform and medical research.

Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler interviewed by Michael Milken

Highlights from Milken Institute Global Conference health panels, including Anthony Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Craig Venter, Ph.D., J. Craig Venter Institute; Health Net CEO Jay Gellert; and others.

Global Conference: Highlights from Health Panels