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Integrating an Ounce of Prevention

In recent years there has been debate about whether preventive services would actually lower health costs.

Would savings to programs like Medicare be blunted because healthier patients tend to live longer -- and therefore ultimately pile up more medical costs -- than patients who die sooner of their chronic diseases? But an article in this month's American Journal of Public Health by Dana Goldman Ph.D. and his colleagues suggests that preventive medicine saves money along with lives. In fact, the authors calculated that a middle-aged person successfully treated for obesity, hypertension, and diabetes would gain about six years of life and, despite living longer, could save…

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