Posted on 06/06/2011 at 11:10:02 AM by Suzanne PriceExcerpt from Dr. John Courtney's Blog Entry at Health Policy Forum.org:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to prevent illness and promote the health of all Americans. The Prevention and Public Health Fund (the Fund) will provide $15 billion over the first 10 years and $2 billion each year after to national, state, and community efforts to promote health and wellness. These efforts will help prevent disease, manage conditions before they become epidemics, and decrease burgeoning health care costs. Recent efforts in the House and Senate to repeal the Act or the Fund to use the money elsewhere don't allow the U.S. health care system to move from reactive to preventative. A repeal would be short-sighted as prevention not only has an important role in improving health and quality of life for Americans, but many preventive services are highly cost-effective and are likely to save the U.S. money in the long run.