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Guest opinion: Funding preventive care makes fiscal sense

October 13, 2011
by Hillary Hanson, president of the Montana Public Health Association
Billings Gazette

The United States is having a furious debate about how best to address the nation’s financial problems. A variety of proposals have been suggested, but we need to be careful. Making poor decisions now could result in even worse problems down the road.

This is the case with proposed cuts to federal funds for preventive health programs in Montana.

Preventing serious illness costs less than treating it. Preventing disease outbreaks via immunizations costs less than treating hundreds or thousands of seriously ill people. Paying for public health programs and services is the smart solution.

 

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