If an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure Why…
… are only 25% of adults 50 to 64 years of age up to date on the recommended prevention services
– especially since nearly all are covered by insurance plans including Medicare and Medicad?
Clinical prevention services are very effective in both preventing disease and detecting disease early, when treatment is more effective.
The lack of focus on preventions is only slightly better in adults over 65 years of age.
This lack of engagement in personal health could be a large contributing factor to another recent announcement about the overall status of health in the USA.
Although the United States spends more on health care than any other nation, a growing body of research shows that Americans are in poorer health and live shorter lives than people in many other high-income countries.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has an initiative Healthy People 2020 to change this situation. However, what it will really take is people taking the initiative, to know what prevention actions they should be taking and working with their medical doctors to take action.
For more information on the CDC programs and recommended prevention services appropriate for your age, go to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.