Preventive care is powerful. Vaccines keep children and adults from suffering life-threatening and debilitating diseases. Screenings can help detect cancer and other conditions at earlier stages of progression, when treatments may work better. Additionally, counseling about healthy lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and smoking cessation can promote habits that support life-long health.
In fact, research suggests that increasing the use of proven preventive services could avert the loss of millions of life-years and billions of dollars annually. Despite this, Americans use preventive therapies and services at only half the recommended rate. Increasing the use of preventive care is critical to improving the country’s population health and lowering health care costs.