Public Policy Context: Funding and Policy Initiatives
This chapter outlines the policy making process and the policy context of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and summarizes the broad range of issues surrounding it. It examines why AD promises to be a policy challenge well into the future as its prevalence and economic costs escalate. It details the economic and social costs of AD and illustrates how they threaten to bankrupt health care systems unless we develop adequate anticipatory policies to deal with the issues they raise. The chapter also examines the research funding for AD compared to other diseases and summarizes recent policy initiatives and commission and association reports to deal with the challenges it raises.
KeywordsResearch funding Economic and social costs of AD Health care Policy making
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