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CDC Says Health Reform Will Increase Preventive Care Use


  10:51:26 am, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

CDC Says Health Reform Will Increase Preventive Care Use

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Affordable Care Act has increased accessibility to preventive care, HealthDay reports (via Medical Xpress).

Prior to the passage of the health care reform law, CDC says that only about half of U.S. adults received screenings, consultations, prescriptions and other preventive health services, based on an analysis of national data from 2007 to 2010.

Because the agency only reviewed information through the first year the law was in effect, it didn’t offer evidence that more people were taking advantage of great preventive care availability. But it estimated that increased use could save tens of thousands of lives.

Among the findings:

  • Only 47% of patients with heart disease primarily affecting the blood vessels were prescribed the recommended daily use of aspirin.
  • Only 44% of patients with high blood pressure had it under control.
  • About 33% of men and 25% of women didn’t get a cholesterol screening during the previous five years, and only 32% of men and women with high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol had it under control.

“Clinical preventive services prevent heart attack, stroke, cancer and other diseases and save lives,” CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in an agency news release. “This report provides a snapshot of preventive services for U.S. adults before 2010. As we look to the future, we can track how our nation’s health is progressing through better prevention in health care.”

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