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Report: Disease Prevention Efforts Save Money, Boost Health

November 10, 2008
by George Lauer
California HealthLine

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how does that translate to dollars and cents?

According to a new study funded by the California Endowment, dollars spent on prevention make good health care sense in California.

Based on a national study earlier this year, a report released in late October zeroes in on California and suggests that an investment of $10 per person per year in community-based disease prevention programs could save California's health care system more than $1.7 billion within five years.

"It's a classic pay-me-now or pay-me-later situation," said Rich Hamburg, government relations director at Trust for America's Health, one of three organizations involved in researching and writing the report.  "And clearly, paying now is better, not just financially, but for people's health. Investing in prevention is definitely a win-win proposition."

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