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Try some prevention: it's a cure for the high cost of health care

July 25, 2008
by Bill Berlow
Tallahassee Democrat

Florida, the Trust projected, could save more than $1 billion within five years, with an annual investment of $173.6 million. In 10 to 20 years, the Trust estimated, the Sunshine State would enjoy a return of $6.87 for every $1 invested. "We haven't as a nation placed as much focus on developing a strong public health system, and developing all the policies to support that," said Professor Cynthia M. Harris, director of Florida A&M University's Institute of Public Health and vice president of the Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group focusing on disease prevention. Harris, a nutritional biochemist and toxicologist, said we spend disproportionately on treating advanced illnesses that more education and funding could prevent.

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