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November 5, 2008

Child and Adolescent Health—A Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Zylke (jody.zylke@jama-archives.org) is Contributing Editor and Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, JAMA.

JAMA. 2008;300(17):2062. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.606

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.