Here we go again, federal funding for the public health activities that make so many bureaucrats comfortable and happy.
Preventive health is overrated. It sounds so well intentioned–prevent illness, make people healthy. Utopian, no doubt.
Tom Harkin has always been a big public health program supporter, too bad most of the money is wasted.
This is one of the myths of managing healthcare that is foundational for big government planners–but it’s nonsense.
I include it as one of the myths of modern healthcare planning in my essay on the matter. My argument is that Preventive projects and public health projects when you get beyond some basic things, like safe water, food supply, and vaccinations, but the bureaucracy can always invent make work and crises.
My essay in the original.
Dunn, JD, ObamaCare Policy Myths:Warnings from a 1980s HMO Executive, JPANDS Vol 15 No. 4, Winter 2010.
From the essay
Myth no. 8. New preventive care projects will save money and lives.
Preventive health myths flourish in spite of the evidence. Cohen
et al.,14 in a comprehensive medical journal review report, and Fumento 15 assert that preventive care projects are ineffective and expensive for the benefits derived, and there are downside risks to screening healthy populations.
14 Cohen JT, Neumann PJ, Weinstein MC. Does preventive care save money? N Engl J Med 2008;358:661-663. Available
15 Fumento M. Preventive-care myth, National Review Online, Mar 19, 2010. Available at: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/229356/preventive-care- myth/michael-fumento.