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The Power of Prevention

June 12, 2014
by Susan Blumenthal, M.D., Public Health Editor, The Huffington Post; Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Huffington Post

With this new national prescription for putting prevention into practice, America's healthcare system is at a turning point. It is estimated that with just a $10 per person annual investment in proven community-based public health preventive interventions, a national savings of more than $16 billion could be achieved within five years. [10] Preventing disease will improve the health of Americans, save money, and accelerate economic productivity as well. Prevention involves both individual and social responsibility. It is time to move America from a sick care system to a realhealth care system. By working together to emphasize the power of prevention, we can make America the healthiest nation in the world.

[10]: Trust for America's Health (February 2009). Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://healthyamericans.org/reports/prevention08/Prevention08.pdf

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