Saturday, January 21, 2012

Prevention gets left out of health-care debate

[W]here is the financial, institutional and political commitment to prevention? We appear to believe that it only makes sense to think in terms of after-the-fact, therapeutic treatment of health conditions — that we are condemned to become sick earlier and that we must simply resign ourselves to the costly interventions, pharmaceutical therapies and surgeries that necessarily arise.

This bleak orthodoxy has politicians, public servants and media pundits in a vice-like grip, powerless to get at the root causes of illness and compelled to continually treat the symptoms.

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