Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Harkin: Prevention Is Underrated As Cost Saver

“‘Sometimes, I just wonder where their heads are,’ Harkin said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. ‘They’re all talking about bending the cost curve by restricting payments for sick people.… ‘What they’re missing is that there is only one, real surefire way to bend the cost curve:.More money for prevention and wellness. Keeping people healthy in the first place,’ he said. He said the Congressional Budget Office ‘refuses’ to estimate savings from prevention as part of its cost projections for the bill. He argues that private-sector wellness programs have shown savings. The CBO has..

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