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Healthy People Cost Health Care System More. How?

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:38pm
Well Force, a blogging bud posted about healthy people costing the health care system more.

Well Force writes:
"We must remember at the end of the day the objective of health care is not to save money but to save people from preventable suffering and death. Any potential savings on health care would be an added bonus. If prevention can add years to life expectancy at relatively low costs, it is worth paying for. However, this study demonstrates that estimates of health care costs in terms of life-expectancy gains need be taken into account in any long-term return on investment analysis."

Notes from this study:
Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn't save money, researchers reported Monday. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.

"It was a small surprise," said Pieter van Baal, an economist at the Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, who led the study. "But it also makes sense. If you live longer, then you cost the health system more."

Jump over to Well Force and read his post: Prevention at All Costs - Not!
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