Preventive Health Care: Select Analyses of Cost Savings Literature, Services and Use of Examinations

Norbert Howse (Editor)

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000



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Cost-effective health preventive services, such as immunizations and screenings, may assist providers in helping patients avoid the onset or worsening of various health conditions. Services are determined to be cost-effective when they improve the benefit (e.g., health outcomes) in a less costly way than a given alternative. Some preventive services may also result in cost savings, where the cost of implementing the service is less than the expected future costs to treat a disease or condition.

However, some preventive services may not be appropriate for the entire patient population. This book discusses the cost-effective strategies in recent peer-reviewed health care literature, as well as provides available information on federal spending, cost savings, and examines the effectiveness of aligning the use of preventive services with clinical recommendations.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1 - Health Prevention: Cost-Effective Services in Recent Peer-Reviewed Health Care Literature (pp. 1-18)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2 - Preventive Health Activities: Available Information on Federal Spending, Cost Savings, and International Comparisons Has Limitations (pp. 19-64)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3 - Medicare: Use of Preventive Services Could Be Better Aligned with Clinical Recommendations (pp. 65-130)
United States Government Accountability Office


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