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

Halley S. Faust and Paul T. Menzel

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Halley S. Faust, editor

Paul T. Menzel, editor

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1 Introduction

HALLEY S. FAUST, MD, MPH, MA, and PAUL T. MENZEL, PhD

Part One Evidence, Policy, and History

2 What Is Currently Spent on Prevention as Compared to Treatment?

GEORGE MILLER, PhD, CHARLES ROEHRIG, PhD, PAUL HUGHES-CROMWICK, MA, and ANI TURNER, BA

3 Prevention vs. Cure

LOUISE B. RUSSELL

4 The Evidence Base for Clinical Prevention

ROBERT B. WALLACE, MD, MSc

Part Two Philosophical and Legal Analysis

7 Our Alleviation Bias

HALLEY S. FAUST, MD, MPH, MA

8 Treatment and Prevention

NORMAN DANIELS, PhD

Part Three Religious and Cultural Perspectives

12 Prevention vs. Treatment

ALAN JOTKOWITZ, MD, and SHIMON GLICK, MD

13 Cure vs. Prevention

NUALA KENNY, OC, BA, MD, FRCP(C)

14 Loving God and the Neighbor

AANA MARIE VIGEN, PhD

15 Apocalypse and Health

ROY BRANSON, PhD

End Matter