Wellness Again

I have always been in favor of wellness. But wellness doesn’t pay for itself. It’s not like an investment good that pays a positive rate of return. It’s like a consumer good that must be traded against other goods money can buy. The Institute of Medicine is making a push for wellness this week.  Nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with thinking that wellness programs will reduce total costs. They won’t.

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  1. Bret says:

    Same principle you applied before to preventive care.

  2. Joe S. says:

    Bret,when you’re so attached to an idea that it is inconceivable to let go of it, principles and evidence don’t matter.

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