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The myth of prevention

Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2009

Abraham Verghese, Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University, says it doesn't pay to stay well in this article from the Wall Street Journal. Verghese says he has problems with the way President Obama hopes to pay for Obama's health reform package: Obama is counting on the "savings" that will come as a result of investing in preventive care and investing in the electronic medical record among other things, Verghese says, and "it's a dangerous and probably an incorrect projection."