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Study Shows Preventive Services Can Save Lives at Little or No Cost

From Partnership for Prevention,”A nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders working to make evidence based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority”.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sept. 7, 2010 – Preventive health services such as daily aspirin use, tobacco cessation screening and alcohol abuse screening can potentially save 2 million lives and nearly $4 billion annually, according to a new paper produced by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP). The NCPP is convened by the Partnership for Prevention. Four of the five lead authors perform research with HealthPartners Research Foundation.

The paper, “Greater Use Of Preventive Services In U.S. Health Care Could Save Lives At Little Or No Cost,” is published in the September issue of Health Affairs (see the full article here). Its authors analyzed the estimated cost of adopting a package of 20 proven preventive services against the savings that could be generated. They also estimated how much in health care costs would have been saved in a given year if 90 percent of the population had used those services. For 2006, the year selected, the savings were estimated at $3.7 billion.

Most of the savings came from three services: tobacco cessation screening and assistance; discussing daily aspirin use; and alcohol screening with brief counseling. The authors determined that those three services plus colorectal cancer screening each would have contributed more than 100,000 years of life if 90 percent of the population had participated.

September 21, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health |

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