Between 50,000 to 100,000 deaths occur each year while millions of dollars are wasted on caring for conditions that could have been avoided, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first in a series that will look at preventive care.
Health insurers offer a benchmark for how prevention should be handled, states “Rationale for Periodic Reporting on the Use of Selected Adult Clinical Preventive Services — United States,” published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/ind2012_su.html).
“The health-related costs of underuse of recommended clinical preventive services are substantial,” the report states. “Researchers have reported that increasing use of nine clinical preventive services to more optimal levels (i.e., levels achieved by high-performing health plans) could prevent an estimated … annual loss in life expectancy for the U.S. population as a whole of approximately two million years.”
CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, wrote, “Tens of millions of people in the United States have not been benefiting from key preventive clinical services, and … there are large disparities by demographics, geography, and health care coverage and access in the provision of these services.”
The report, using data collected before 2010, finds that: