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Preventive Medicine: Legislation Calls for Health Education

Science  26 Sep 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4208, pp. 1071-1072
DOI: 10.1126/science.189.4208.1071


It appears that therapeutic medicine, important as it is, may have reached a point of diminishing returns. The 12 to 15 percent increases that we are adding to our hundred billion dollar health care bill each year—even the portion that is not caused by inflation—apparently have only a marginal utility.