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October 22 2008

Health of the Nation 2008 and Beyond

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jama-archives.org) is Executive Deputy Editor, Dr Rennie is Deputy Editor, and Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, JAMA.

JAMA. 2008;300(16):1941-1942. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.509

Based on several factors, the current general health of the United States is considerably less than optimal. The nation remains involved in a protracted war in Iraq, which has been costly in terms of financial expenditures, but even much more importantly, in the thousands of lives lost and many more individuals severely injured. Numerous regions of the country are just beginning to recover from recent devastating tropical storms that caused extensive property damage and severe flooding. The nation's financial systems are in crisis, requiring an unprecedented $700 billion federal bailout in an attempt to stabilize the economy.