Putting a value on prevention could keep programs running

August 10, 2009
by Susan J. Landers
American Medical News

Dr. Oriol and her colleagues' work in prevention has attracted attention from Congress and others at a time that prevention is being discussed as part of health system reform proposals. Meanwhile, a survey released on June 8 indicated that the public ranks prevention as the most important health care reform priority.

"We found out that 77% of those surveyed believe prevention will save money and 72% said it was worth doing even if it doesn't save money," said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, which conducted the survey with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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