The Economic Case for a Shift to Prevention

Published in: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012, Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays (United Kingdom, Department of Health, Oct. 2013), Chapter 3, p. 1-42

Posted on RAND.org on October 01, 2013

by Jason Strelitz, Ellen Nolte, Emma Pitchforth, Celine Miani, Eleanor Winpenny, Marie-Louise Henham, Sarah Ball, Deepa Jahagirdar

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Despite the wide recognition of a shift to prevention, barriers remain. Our analysis focuses on the costs of certain health issues that may be preventable to improve outcomes in later life. We look at preterm birth, unintentional injury, child obesity and certain child mental health problems.

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