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Prevention plays more crucial role in health care reform

 

Narrator:          This is Science Today. The Institute of Medicine, a non-profit organization that advises the nation to improve health, recently recommended eight preventive services for women that health plans should cover with no co-payment required. Health policy expert Claire Brindis of the University of California, San Francisco, helped draft these recommendations and says they vary from having an annual well-woman visit to screening for gestational diabetes, HIV and domestic violence.

Brindis:            It was very exciting for the panel members to see that the work that we introduced to the American public were going to be accepted. And we hope this milestone will represent a new way of thinking around prevention.

Narrator:          Brindis explains that prevention is playing a more important role in our society.

Brindis:            Our costs in our medical care system are sky-high and so many of the heath conditions that we're paying such a high cost for can easily be prevented if we nip it in the bud and start much earlier.

Narrator:          For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.