[Guest post by DRJ]
The Obama Administration has pushed the cost-saving benefits of preventive health care but the CBO says preventive care won’t save money:
“Although different types of preventive care have different effects on spending, the evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall,” [CBO Director Douglas] Elmendorf wrote.
“Researchers who have examined the effects of preventive care generally find that the added costs of widespread use of preventive services tend to exceed the savings from averted illness.”
Mike K has pointed this out on several occasions. Perhaps the Obama Administration has been listening because Linda Douglass, the infamous White House communications director for Health Reform, responded that preventive care will save money because it will be targeted.