It’s so tantalizing and seems like a no-brainer: a focus on prevention will save big bucks. This is “widely misunderstood,” says one economist. While a handful of interventions do achieve a net savings (think childhood vaccinations), many others do not. This article is generating controversy as you will read in the comments section.

Since about 75 percent of healthcare spending in the United States is for largely preventable chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, providing more preventive care should cut costs. If only.

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