National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Urges Continued Focus on Prevention in Health Care Reform

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) issued the following statement in response to an Aug. 8 letter by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) , which stated that investing in prevention won't yield cost savings to the government, though some forms of prevention can be cost-effective.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) issued the following statement in response to an Aug. 8 letter by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) , which stated that investing in prevention won't yield cost savings to the government, though some forms of prevention can be cost-effective.

"In its review of the cost saving benefits of prevention, the Congressional Budget Office too narrowly focuses on only one element of prevention - detecting disease - rather than the full spectrum of preventive care, which includes both averting and managing disease. When evaluated in its entirety, prevention does in fact save money, as published studies have shown.

"Prevention of disease and related (and costly) complications has become a rallying point for Congress and the White House as they discuss the urgent need to 'bend the cost curve' through reforming the health care system. We commend them for bringing this essential element of health care into the spotlight, and also urge them to remember the moral as well as fiscal imperatives of reform.

"Incorporating prevention into the health care system is not just about savings; it also offers a critical opportunity to greatly improve quality of life. As policymakers continue to discuss how to bring more preventive care into the system, we hope that they will remain focused on the 'healthy' part of health reform and what this effort should be about: improving the health and health care of the American people."

About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).

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