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Preventive Health Activities: Available Information on Federal Spending, Cost Savings, and International Comparisons Has Limitations
Katherine Iritani (au)
Preventive health activities have received attention for their potential to improve health outcomes or lower health care expenditures. They include clinical preventive services, such as immunizations provided in clinical settings, and community-oriented preventive health activities, such as health education media campaigns. A preventive health activity is considered cost saving if the activity costs less than the costs averted by it; an activity is cost-effective if it achieves benefits in a less costly way than alternatives. The Depts. of Health and Human Services (HHS), Veterans Affairs (VA), and Defense (DOD) administer programs that include preventive health activities. This report provides available information and discusses the limitations of this information regarding (1) preventive health activities in programs administered by HHS, VA, and DOD and the departmentsäó» spending on such activities; (2) reported cost savings from and cost effectiveness of preventive health activities; and (3) U.S. spending on preventive health activities compared to that of other countries. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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