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New US health bill must include prevention measures, senator says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b898 (Published 04 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b898
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Any new bill that greatly extends health insurance coverage but does nothing to implement a national prevention and wellness agenda would fail the American people, US senator Tom Harkin argued at a conference on public health in Washington, DC, on 25-27 February.

    He castigated the current US healthcare system for spending “trillions for surgery, pills, hospitalisation, and disability, but peanuts for prevention—less than 5 cents on the dollar.”

    He told the …

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