Does preventive medicine really save money?

Some doubts:

No one really knows whether preventive medicine will save money in the long run, let alone free up the billions of dollars a year needed to help pay for universal health insurance. In fact, studies have shown that preventive care “” be it cancer screening, smoking cessation or plain old checkups “” usually ends up costing money. It makes people healthier, but it’s not free.

(via EconLog)

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