The idea that preventive health care saves money is among the most ubiquitous and bipartisan health policy ideas out there. It’s an idea that numerous contenders for president in 2008, Democrat and Republican, endorsed. Prevention, President Obama has argued before Congress, “makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.” A recent poll found 77 percent of Americans believe that prevention saves money, with 56 percent believing so strongly.
What if we’re all wrong? What if prevention doesn’t save money?
Read Sarah Kliff’s piece in the Washington Post here