Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The health care economics of prevention

Check out the Washington Post article entitled "In the Balance"; an excerpt:
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.

An ounce of prevention is sometimes worth more than an ounce of cure (although rarely worth 16 times as much, or the equivalent of a pound). Usually, an ounce of prevention is worth considerably less. Often it is worth (to mix measures) only a gram of cure. Or even just a milligram.

This is a seemingly illogical truth.
Click here to access the WP article. Click here to access the PLoS Medicine article "Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure." Ummmmm

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