Disease Prevention Programs Worth the Investment
July 17, 2008
by Ed Edelson
US News & World Report (Health Day)
Community-based health programs aimed at diet, exercise, smoking prevention and other known risk factors for chronic diseases could cut health-care costs in the United States by $16 billion a year, a new report says.
"We worked with economists at the Urban Institute who looked at health-care costs associated with these chronic diseases," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Washington-based Trust for America's Health
, which issued the report. "They estimated a 5 percent reduction in these chronic diseases to derive these savings."
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