Prevention Saves Lives and Money

  • 75% of U.S. health spending goes to treating chronic conditions
  • 7 in 10 deaths in the U.S. each year are caused by chronic conditions
  • $10 a person per year invested in prevention could save billions

Preventing disease & injury is most cost-effective, common sense way to improve health in US

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Containing Costs, Improving Health

A 2013 report identifies key steps the nation can take to prioritize prevention and improve Americans' health. It also highlights efforts that are delivering results, such as a program for children with asthma that was shown to save $1.46 for every dollar spent.

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Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy

From San Diego, Calif., to Hernando, Miss., innovative public health initiatives are attracting businesses and providing a spark to local economies. In many of these communities, employers are helping to make staying healthy easier for employees and their families.

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Prioritizing Prevention

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Obesity Prevention: The Long-Term Returns

Current methods for estimating the costs and savings of federal legislation miss billions of dollars in potential long-term returns from effective obesity prevention policies, according to a report from the Campaign to End Obesity.

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What Works? Curbing Tobacco Use

Comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs can save significant dollars over time. Case studies of state programs—which may include smoke-free workplace rules and higher taxes on tobacco products, among other measures—show a return on investment of as high as $50 for every $1 spent.

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Key Research Findings

Improved Health at Lower Cost Through Prevention

Research shows that a combination of expanding health insurance coverage, delivering better preventive and chronic care, and focusing on “protection” (the enabling of healthier behavior and safer environments) is more effective at saving lives and money than implementing any one of these three strategies alone.

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Quick Facts from this Study

  • While all three strategies save lives and improve economic conditions, insurance coverage and medical care for chronic conditions lead to an increase in health costs.
  • Adding preventive protection elements to an expansion of insurance coverage and medical care could save 90% more lives and reduce costs by 30% within 10 years.