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Poll finds wide support for preventive health funding

By Matthew DoBias
Posted: June 8, 2009 - 3:00 pm ET

An overwhelming number of Americans support increased funding for preventive health services, which they see as a bridge to healthier living and lower overall healthcare costs, according to a new poll.

The call for extra dollars comes from a wide political swath, with 86% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 70% of independents saying that more money should be invested in prevention, according to the poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health.

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The telephone survey of 1,014 registered voters showed that 77% of those polled believe that prevention will save money and they support efforts even it costs more at the outset. The poll, which was conducted May 7-12, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

Legislation now being drafted on Capitol Hill is expected to include major initiatives to help spur preventive health programs.

“For too long our health system has focused on treating people after they have already become sick,” Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, said. “And millions of Americans have suffered from health conditions that could have been avoided and have paid billions of dollars in preventative healthcare costs as a result.”

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