Author Affiliations: Dr Zylke (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Contributing Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, JAMA.
Health care is a vitally important issue for all nations. However, despite health care spending in the United States rising 6.7% in 2006, exceeding $2 trillion or 16% of the gross domestic product,1 there are still 47 million Americans without health insurance and globally the United States ranks 42nd in life expectancy, down from 11th 2 decades ago.2 So what can be done? One possible way to mitigate the problem is to alter priorities from treatment of disease to prevention and start in early childhood.
Zylke JW, DeAngelis CD. Child and Adolescent Health—A Call for Papers. JAMA. 2008;300(17):2062. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.606