The Telegraphreports on the conclusion of Dr. Peter Piot, an early voice on AIDS, declaring that dementia stemming from Alzheimer's could be the "next global health time bomb." The 36 million sufferers in the world today will double by 2020.
This is not a finance issue. This is a science issue. Either we come up with an effective treatment for AD/dementia or we face a future of enormous costs and/or drastic measures to reduce those costs. And we do mean "drastic," in a way that could unhinge the idea of a safety net and a decent society.
The solution to AIDS was better treatment, which in many cases is the equivalent of a cure. That medical-science action has saved the US economy hundreds of billions, not to mention the compassionate benefits.