Reuters - "Insight: Think Preventive Medicine Will Save Money? Think Again"
Currently, many people do not benefit from a preventive service, and pay something for nothing. Studies have calculated those numbers, which can be surprisingly high. For instance, 217 high-risk smokers would have to undergo a CT lung scan for one to be spared death from lung cancer, according to a database of studies maintained by Dr. David Newman, an emergency physician at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. One hundred post-menopausal women who have had a bone fracture would have to take drugs called bisphosphonates in order for one to avoid a hip fracture. By comparison, only 50 people with heart disease must be treated with aspirin for one to avoid a heart attack or stroke, making this a good buy. Learn more