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IHRSA Calls on Policy Makers to Prioritize “Primary Prevention”

Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s Executive Vice President of Public Policy, has two words for lawmakers: primary prevention.

In an op-ed in Roll Call, a respected DC publication read by lawmakers and aides, Durkin explains the importance of primary prevention (i.e. healthy behaviors like exercise and eating a proper diet) to reducing health care spending.

She writes: “All the fiscal fighting over health care spending and return on investment in the near-term almost entirely misses the concept of primary prevention, which inherently brings longer-term benefits. Economists deliberate over whether certain cancer screenings save or cost our health care system money within a one-, five- or 10-year window. But few seem to recognize a vital tenet for solving our medical spending problem: Health care doesn’t start in the doctor’s office.”

Read the full op-ed here.


IHRSA President Joe Moore Featured In Roll Call

Last week, IHRSA’s President and CEO took to an influential DC publication to urge federal lawmakers to manage Medicare costs with primary prevention measures.

As the heated debate over Medicare continues, Moore argues that deterring the onset of disease by engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors will significantly reduce Medicare costs, which are attributed almost entirely to treating chronic diseases.

“One thing is certain,” writes Moore, “The long-term viability of Medicare depends on a national commitment to preventing the onset of costly disease in the first place. And that must begin with an investment in primary prevention.” Read the full article.