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Study raises questions about cost savings from preventive care

Washington Post, September 1, 2009

Preventive services for the chronically ill may reduce healthcare costs, but they are unlikely to generate the kind of savings that President Obama and other Democrats have said could help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health system, according to a study. Using data from long-standing clinical trials, researchers projected the cost of caring for people with Type 2 diabetes as they progress from diagnosis to various complications and death.