Julia Belluz created the infographic below to compare how much money is donated to fight various disease and how many people in the USA die from those same diseases. She wrote: The choices we make about where to donate money for health causes aren't always rational. We are probably more often driven to give by a disease that has touched a loved one than by utilitarian calculations about which illnesses impact the most people or receive the least investment from pharmaceutical companies.
You can see COPD discrepancy on the graphic which is pretty striking, and certainly worth thinking about!
There are no important and less important diseases, but we can see this simplistic approach in health care systems all over the world!