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Prevention vs. Treatment: What's the Right Balance?

Halley S. Faust and Paul T. Menzel


Everyone knows the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but we seem not to live by it. In the Western world’s health care systems, we often bemoan the “fact” that prevention is underfunded compared to treatment. This book explores this “fact” through empirical and moral debates about the prevention/treatment balance. Contributors examine actual expenditures, the history of policies, and structural features that have affected treatment’s apparent priority, the values that may explain and justify it, and the religious and cultural traditions that have shaped it. Economis ... More

Keywords: prevention, treatment, medical expenditures, philosophy, health policy, religious tradition, public health, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199837373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199837373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Halley S. Faust, editor

Paul T. Menzel, editor

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