A prevention prescription for improving health and health care in America

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coverIn 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convened a Prevention Task Force to focus on opportunities for investing in prevention as a way to improve health outcomes and reduce  health care costs. The task force included a diverse group of experts to review the evidence on prevention and to frame a strategy for better integrating prevention in the nation’s approach to health and health care.

Fundamentally, there is growing recognition that prevention—delivered correctly—holds vast potential to improve health at the individual and population level, while also reducing national spending on health care. Better health is an important goal in and of itself, with benefits—in productivity, longevity, wellbeing, and quality of life—that extend to all levels of society, from individuals and families to communities, businesses, and government. Of course, not all prevention strategies will be effective, and not all health improvements will result in cost savings. But prevention clearly has a role to play in advancing several widely shared objectives of current health care reform efforts.

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  1. LouisCaputo's avatar
    LouisCaputo
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    I could not agree more with Dr.Patrin.
  2. George Patrin, MD, MHA's avatar
    George Patrin, MD, MHA
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    I tire of 'new' reports announcing "preventive healthcare" as the 'fix' to lead us out of the mess we are in physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially in this country. For decades, whenever we begin again the discussion of saving money in healthcare delivery, rather than becoming more efficient and striving to 'put ourselves out of work,' generating actual health, the issue of not being able to parlay "cost avoidance" into profit stops the discussion before it begins. Until we come together and admit healthcare should not be a for-profit industry, rewarding it's employees for production of sick care visits as opposed to a reduction of through-put (and 'need' for us), we will stay on this merry-go-round going through the motions of grasping for the gold ring every time it comes around. We must have leaders willing to take the risk of building true integrated preventive healthcare delivery systems rewarded for decreasing the need, keeping their users at work and at home, living their lives to the fullest. It will require a tremendous culture shift to achieve this "American dream."
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