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Greater Use Of Preventive Services In U.S. Health Care Could Save Lives At Little Or No Cost

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  1. Michael V. Maciosek ( [email protected] ) is a research investigator at the HealthPartners Research Foundation, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  2. Ashley B. Coffield is a principal fellow at the Partnership for Prevention, in Memphis, Tennessee.
  3. Thomas J. Flottemesch is a research associate at the HealthPartners Research Foundation.
  4. Nichol M. Edwards is a research project manager at the HealthPartners Research Foundation.
  5. Leif I. Solberg is associate medical director for care improvement research at the HealthPartners Research Foundation.
PUBLISHED:No Accesshttps://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2008.0701

There is broad debate over whether preventive health services save money or represent a good investment. This paper analyzes the estimated cost of adopting a package of twenty proven preventive services—including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening, and daily aspirin use—against the estimated savings that could be generated. We find that greater use of proven clinical preventive services in the United States could avert the loss of more than two million life-years annually. What’s more, increasing the use of these services from current levels to 90 percent in 2006 would result in total savings of $3.7 billion, or 0.2 percent of U.S. personal health care spending. These findings suggest that policy makers should pursue options that move the nation toward greater use of proven preventive services.

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