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Will More Prevention Lower Medical Spending?

Louise B. Russell

June 2009
Many people believe that prevention reduces medical spending, despite four decades of studies showing that it rarely does. Preventive interventions are often worth the additional cost, but each must be evaluated on its own merits.

Professor Louise Russell provides additional information on this topic:

Louise Russell, “Prevention Will Reduce Medical Costs: A Persistent Myth,” The Health Care Cost Monitor, June 17, 2009. You can read the article here.

“Excluded Voices: An Interview with Rutgers professor Louise Russell,” Columbia Journalism Review online, June 16, 2009, is available here.