Prevention Can Turn the Tide
of Rising Healthcare Costs*
Business journals have chronicled the rise in healthcare
costs for the past 30 years. The U.S. spends more per capita
than any other nation on its medical care, at 17.5 percent
of the gross domestic product. Individuals increasingly are
looking for ways to cut their healthcare costs.
The old proverb states “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.” But true preventive medicine is
not the early detection screenings, according to physician
and journalist Abraham Verghese in the Wall Street Journal
article, “The Myth of Prevention.” “If your preventive
strategy is medical, if it involves us, if it consists of screening,
fi nding medical conditions early, shaking the bushes
for high cholesterols, or abnormal EKGs, then more often
than not you don’t save anything and you might generate
more medical costs.”
What Is True Prevention?
True preventive care advises the individual to make lifestyle
choices that establish normal health and avoid
chronic health problems.
Individuals can make lifestyle and dietary choices that
pay true health dividends. This is a practical fi rst step to
our nation’s runaway healthcare costs.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
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