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  •  Prevention programs are convenient targets (0+ / 0-)

    Primarily because, unless they're structured well, they're a waste of money.

    In the PPACA, which has a primary focus of providing quality affordable health care to the uninsured and underinsured, "prevention" programs must meet some quality standards for actually preventing disease, injury and death.  Funds should be focused on:

    High quality, peer reviewed, publicly accountable research for new ways to prevent health problems - e.g. new vaccines, antibiotics, etc.

    Direct health care services for those who can't afford them

    Which is better for preventing dental disease - spending $70,000 for a health educator to hand out brochures or giving uninsured people free or low cost dental services?

    Which is better for preventing breast cancer - spending millions to hand out brochures on how to do a breast exam or giving uninsured and low income women access to free screening, diagnosis and treatment services? (Hint: most prevention programs only hand out brochures and give free mammograms - they don't provide diagnosis or treatment services.  Mammograms also don't "prevent" breast cancer.)

    When it comes to the ACA, both parties are not hitting the mark when it comes to real prevention.  The GOP doesn't care about preventing disease and injury at all, but Dems shouldn't be loading up "prevention" programs with feel good programs that do little more than fund tv ads and pass out brochures.

    "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty." Edward R. Murrow

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 10:50:20 AM PDT

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