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New Poll Finds Disease Prevention is Top Priority for Americans in Health Reform
Date:6/8/2009

ate health disparities and better ensure equality, it also saves us precious health care dollars as we prevent disease and not just treat it."

More than three-quarters of Americans (76 percent) support increasing funding for prevention programs that provide people with information and resources and creating policies that help people make healthier choices. Investing in prevention is popular across the political spectrum, with 86 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of Independents supporting investing more in prevention.

"This poll shows that Americans from coast to coast and across the political spectrum are overwhelmingly in favor of investing in disease prevention," said Al Quinlan, President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. "More than three-quarters of Americans believe the country should invest more in keeping people healthier, and by a nearly four-to-one ratio, they support putting more emphasis on preventing disease rather than treating people after they become sick."

"We know that strategic investments in disease prevention programs in communities can result in a big payoff in a short time -- reducing health care costs, increasing the productivity of the nation's workforce, and helping people lead healthier lives," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

While Americans believe that prevention will save money (77 percent agree with the statement that "prevention will save us money"), they strongly support prevention regardless of its impact on costs. Rather, they point clearly to keeping people healthy as the best reason to invest in prevention, with 72 percent agreeing with the statement that "investing in prevention is worth it even if it doesn't save us money, because it will prevent disease and save lives." Additionally, 57 percent agree more with the statement "we should invest in prevention to keep
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