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Financial Issues of Infectious Diseases

"Understandably, clinical and emotional considerations in disease management and education take precedence in relation to the economic and financial burdens wrought by infections such as HIV and Hepatitis; empathy dictates an inscrutable tact to be taken in regards to fiscal and epidemiological cost analyses. However, these issues are integral to the progress we make in terms of both preventative health and research efforts in combating these life-threatening illnesses. Moreover, by taking cognizance of the economic toll these diseases inflict upon our society, we stand a greater chance of inducing the layman and organization (government or otherwise) to take more proactive measures in the struggle for prevention, maintenance, and eventually cure.

In today's world, we are faced with soaring healthcare costs, and concurrently tighter budgetary controls on medical allowances, and research and education monies; our first duty is to help those afflicted to recover to the greatest extent possible, and to help them in understanding their disease, its management, and how to achieve the highest quality of life possible. Commensurate with this needs to be the ongoing funding and cost management objectives requisite to invest in making headway in getting one step ahead of the disease for the salvation of our children, and hence, our collective future."

One of the most issues revolving around infectious diseases is the fact that soon, at some point in time (within the next decade) the number of deaths will equal the number of births. Currently, there are roughly 40-55 million people infected with the HIV/AIDS virus and 170 million with Hepatitis C (HCV) and of course there are other killer viruses in the world.

Business is based on the premise that there will be more people in the coming generation than in the current generation. Governmental tax systems are based on the concept. The diseases of HIV/AIDS and HCV are removing from the working population large blocks of productive workers.

A block of workers supports every society's work force. In every society there are groups of people who are either too young or too old to work. This work force is being reduced because of HIV/AIDS (which removes the young workers) and Hepatitis C (which removes the more mature and experienced-based) groups. In time those who are still working will be paying a large price for goods and services-because they are more costly to produce; and they will be seeing their taxes increase because there are fewer people paying taxes. Governments will have to decide which service they are going to provide and cut out those, which they cannot afford.

These diseases are going to change how we live and function in the future.

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