Prevention saves lives, and is a “best buy”—in many cases reducing long-term health costs and saving taxpayer dollars. Prevention is also good for business and the US economy, reducing employer costs and increasing US productivity. CDC’s work protects the public’s health and enhances prevention efforts.
The science on prevention: Prevention works in multiple settings—both public and private. Preventing disease will improve the health of all Americans, save healthcare costs and improve productivity. Click on each link that follows for examples of the evidence for prevention.
- Increasing use of preventive services including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening, and aspirin use, to 90% of the recommended levels, could save $3.7 billion annually.
- Medical costs are reduced by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs, according to a recent study.
- Indirect costs to employers of employee poor health include lower productivity, higher rates of disability, higher rates of injury, and more workers’ compensation claims—and can be 2–3 times the costs of direct medical expenses.
- Absenteeism costs are reduced by approximately $2.73 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs, according to a recent study.
- A modest reduction in avoidable risk factors could lead to a gain of more than $1 trillion annually in labor supply and efficiency by 2023, according to research from the Milken Institute.