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Killing Themselves Slowly: China and India’s Descent into Chronic Disease

by David E. Bloom, Elizabeth Cafiero-Fonseca, Mark E. McGovern and Klaus Prettner

China and India flagsThis article was published in the May 7, 2014 Milken Institute Review regarding NCDs in China and India. The authors estimate the dimensions of the health crisis sneaking up on China and India. “The cost of non-communicable diseases (in particular, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes) will be high no matter what,” they conclude. But “unless the issue is given top priority, it will be utterly staggering. Action will of course be costly, but far less costly than the alternative.”