Does preventive healthcare generally increase or decrease overall healthcare costs?
Multiple studies have shown that preventive healthcare generally increases overall healthcare costs. Per the Congressional Budget Office, "Although different types of preventive care have different effects on spending, the evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall." Likewise, a paper about this subject in the British Medical Journal concludes: "The aim of prevention is to spare people from avoidable misery and death not to save money on the healthcare system. In countries with low mortality, elimination of fatal diseases by successful prevention increases healthcare spending because of the medical expenses during added life years." For details, follow the link below.
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