Campaign Myth: Prevention as Cure-All

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  1. Ps104_33

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    In a presidential campaign that promises straight talk and no gimmicks, why do both candidates champion one of medical care’s most pervasive myths?
    The myth is that like magic, preventive medicine will simultaneously reduce costs and improve health.
    Senator John McCain argues that “the best care is preventative care,” and his health care reform plan claims that “by emphasizing prevention” and other measures “we can reduce health care costs.” Senator Barack Obama’s plan says, “Simply put, in the absence of a radical shift towards prevention and public health, we will not be successful in containing medical costs or improving the health of the American people.”
    It may sound like common sense. But it is still a myth.
    The term “preventive medicine” no longer means what it used to: keeping people well by promoting healthy habits, like exercising, eating a balanced diet and not smoking. To their credit, both candidates ardently support that approach.
    But the medical model for prevention has become less about health promotion and more about early diagnosis. Both candidates appear to have bought into it: Mr. Obama encourages annual checkups and screening, Mr. McCain early testing and screening.
    It boils down to encouraging the well to have themselves tested to make sure they are not sick. And that approach doesn’t save money; it costs money.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/h...permalink&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
     
  2. carpro

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    The author of this opinion column should sell that opinion to those who are alive because of early detection of, tumors, cancer, blocked arteries, etc.
     

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