Preventative healthcare interventions are an essential part of the process of health care improvement. Moreover, preventive measures lead to managing healthcare resources in an increasingly cost-effective way. Since the U.S.’s healthcare expenditures are among the highest in the world, with the quality of care leaving much to be desired, preventative services should receive the same level of financing care as the illness treatment.
Preventive services should be enhanced in order to encourage the population to take responsibility for their lifestyle choices. Improving preventive healthcare leads to reduced expenses on disease treatment. On the other hand, Cohen, Neumann, and Weinstein argue that the effectiveness of preventive services is not entirely established, as it depends on the nature of the intervention, as well as on the characteristics of the given population. Certain cases reveal that the disease treatment is more cost-effective than preventive care. Nevertheless, the vast majority of conditions would be prevented or diagnosed in the early stages of development by applying extensive measures of preventative health care. Admittedly, preventive services are most commonly offered in a clinical setting.
However, certain worksites, educational institutions, and homes might also serve as suitable locations to deliver preventative health care . Providing preventative services on a regular basis will encourage the population to take responsibility for their health, make better choices, and improve their quality of life. This would eventually lead to a reduction in treatment expenses. Therefore, preventative health care should be financed on a more substantial level, as it is beneficial in multiple respects.