Prevention Usually Doesn’t Pay

An ounce of prevention may have been worth a pound of cure in households down through the ages, but in the world of health economics the adage, alas, is not true….

Even when prevention greatly reduces future cases of a particular illness, overall cost to the health-care system typically goes up when lots of disease-preventing strategies are put into practice. This is usually true whether treating the preventable diseases is cheap or expensive.

This is from an article in the Washington Post.

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  1. Nick E says:

    Ahh, if only there were some way to not hemorrhage money at any instant that the chronically ill decide they want something. Alas . . .