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Partnership for Prevention Offers Health Reform Recommendations to Congress
Date:12/11/2008

Cover more clinical preventive services, dedicate funding source to public health

WASHINGTON,Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Partnership for Prevention today unveiled health reform recommendations to Congress that would strengthen disease prevention and health promotion efforts to tackle the chronic diseases that are causing medical costs to spiral.

Under these proposals, federally funded insurance programs would provide highly cost-effective clinical preventive services with no deductibles or co-pays, while Congress would provide incentives to states, health care providers and employers to deliver such services. Meanwhile, a stand-alone revenue source would be established to fund state and local efforts to create healthy environments and promote healthy lifestyles, while a Public Health Advisory Commission would be created to recommend how that funding should be allocated. The complete list of recommendations is available online at: www.prevent.org/HealthReform.

"Giving all Americans access to quality, affordable medical care will not by itself rein in the ballooning health care costs that threaten to overwhelm our government and our economy," Corinne G. Husten MD, Partnership's interim president, said at a policy forum on health reform. "We must address the drivers of those costs and do more to keep people healthy.

"Real health reform must start with prevention," she said. "Without a much stronger emphasis on prevention than now exists, we have little hope of controlling costs without sacrificing health."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes account for about 75 percent of the nation's aggregate health care spending - or about $5,300 per person in the
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