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Economic Argument for Disease Prevention – JAMA Article

Posted in Of Interest by missamyyu on December 2, 2009


Ran across an interesting commentary from JAMA entitled “A Closer Look at the Economic Argument for Disease Prevention” by Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH.  I am currently doing some research as I create an employer toolkit regarding hepatitis B, and I just got a chance to read through this delightful commentary that SC had referenced during one of our earlier working group meetings.  In a time when the details of health care reform are being debated, this is an interesting take on what some policy makers may be considering when looking at health policy.

What  really struck me was that Dr. Woolf is emphasizing that prevention won’t save money, but rather, it stretches the benefits that the money we invest in health obtain.  This places health care more as a commodity that is traded and helps me think of an alternative meaning for what it means for  a medical service to be cost-effective.

Would love to hear your thoughts.


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