Chronic respiratory disease

March 2010

Up front

Worth fighting for

Advocacy for general practice research

Volume 39, No.3, March 2010 Pages 89-89

Tania Winzenberg

General practitioners are well aware of the increasing burden being placed on the health care system by the rising prevalence of chronic diseases – they see its effects every day. It is estimated that health care costs will increase over 2.5 fold to $246.1 billion by 2033.1 Health and medical research (HMR) provides excellent return on investments (in fact a return of 117%; second only to the mining and wholesale/retail sectors) and delivers an economic benefit of some $30 billion.2

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