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Value of prevention debated as part of U.S. health reform: Studies ask: Is prevention cost-effective?

November 3, 2009
by Kim Krisberg
The Nation's Health

While access to high quality health care is critical, health reform must include incentives that help communities pull together and create the conditions that help people make healthy choices and ultimately lead to reduced demands on the medical system, Bufford said during the news conference. Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said that both Congress and the Obama administration recognize the potential for community-based prevention programs, pointing to the "unprecedented level" of potential investment in prevention included in the health reform bills now being proposed, adding that "it's a tremendous opportunity to change the balance."

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