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  •  Investing in prevention doesn't save money. (0+ / 0-)

    The math says so.  Say a colonoscopy costs $1,000 per operation, one in every 750 colonoscopies catches cancer, and treating cancer costs $500,000.  By the math, that means investing in colonscopies costs $1,000 - $500,000/750, or $333.33, for every person.  That doesn't mean we shouldn't invest in prevention; it just means investing in prevention costs -- not saves -- money.

    Operator, operator -- what's the number for 9-1-1? - Homer Simpson

    by jim bow on Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 12:27:03 PM PST

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    •  single example or more (0+ / 0-)

      Hmm, That's counter to what I had thought previously.
      Is colonoscopy simply a well chosen example or are there a preponderance of them?
      Clearly vaccination is cheaper than fighting the actual disease.
      Controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol though detection by regular checkups and diet and/or medication are cheaper than treating a stroke or heart attack.
      Treating a disease with antibiotics early on (keeping in mind problems with overuse etc.)is cheaper than having someone with a massive fever in an ER.
      Or are there studies that say otherwise?

      Those are the things that come to mind when I think of preventative medicine.

    •  Good job on diary (1+ / 0-)
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      jim bow

      I want to say that you did a great job on the diary and I appreciate the input of someone with an actuarial background.

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