An ounce of prevention for the debate on health care reform

August 6, 2009
by Robert S. Gold
Baltimore Sun

Preventive measures can help fight these problems - improved diet and exercise as well as kicking the smoking habit can dramatically decrease a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, and more frequent screenings such as mammograms can increase the ability to fight cancer.

Not only does prevention lead to healthier people, it also leads to healthier wallets. According to a study from the non-partisan Trust for America's Health, an investment of $10 per American in prevention and public health programs would generate savings of more than $16 billion in five years - that translates to a return on investment of more than 5 to 1.

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