Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Kudos to the San Francisco Chronicle's for noticing the prevention provisions in the health reform bills being worked out by Congress, and for realizing they are substantial.
"There's a sleeper in both the House and Senate bills that could do more to promote health in the long run than any of the insurance we may - or may not - get," Lucy Johns, a health care planning and policy consultant in San Francisco, writes in a Chronicle column.
"Both bills address long-term disease prevention and health promotion with innovative strategies and startling amounts of funding," she writes. "The House appropriates $15.4 billion over five years, the Senate over $7 billion. This level of federal investment nibbles at the historic imbalance between spending for medical services and spending that averts the need for services in the first place.