CBO Scoring Shortchanges Preventive Healthcare Spending

The advantages of preventive healthcare spending for chronic diseases do not always fit neatly into the projection models used by the Congressional Budget Office. Two members of Congress are jointly proposing legislation to change that.

1 comments on "CBO Scoring Shortchanges Preventive Healthcare Spending"
Jacob Kuriyan (9/27/2012 at 10:27 AM)

Congressman Burgess is on the right track but his solution is a poor one. He is right in demanding CBO, HHS and CMS to share their data and calculations of savings estimates from preventive care programs. Only then can other experts comment on how reasonable they are and what other adjustments are needed. This happens all the time in economics. The Bureau of labor statistics releases the data and economists nationwide interpret them. The public can then choose the results that sound the most reasonable. But he is wrong in trying to ask CBO to extend the scope of their calculatuions to beyond 10 years. That is absolutely unnecessary. We can estimate the savings from preventive care programs for much shorter periods. But it requires inegnuity and skill.


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