Health Reform:
The Role of Medical Research and Prevention

Jan 01, 2009

Among the major advances of civilization - development of the wheel, agriculture, printing, the industrial and technology revolutions - the greatest achievement may be the doubling of life expectancy in the 20th century.

As recently as 1900, people around the world lived an average of just 31 years. Average life expectancy in the United States now approaches 80 years and could reach 100 in this century. But continued gains in longevity are threatened by budget limits for research and by changing lifestyles.

The answer? Focus on both care and cure.

Health Reform: The Role of Medical Research and Prevention contains some of the Milken Institute's most important findings in the area of health. Inside you will find a presentation, excerpts of related Milken Institute reports and articles, and a DVD with highlights of interviews and health panels from recent conferences. This information can also be downloaded for free on our website.

Our research (An Unhealthy America, available for download here) has found that preventable disease costs the nation $1 trillion a year, a price tag that will increase rapidly without decisive action. Reversing the disease trend and investing in medical research will provide long-term economic stimulus and save untold numbers of lives.

We hope you find the information in Health Reform to be enlightening and, more importantly, useful to any efforts aimed at furthering medical progress and improving public health.