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Disease-Specific Treatment, Prevention Initiatives More Cost Effective Than Broad Health Care Improvement

Project Syndicate: The Right Health Investments
Bjørn Lomborg, founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School

“…Given the strong case for tackling a few specific preventable or curable diseases, one might assume that improving general health coverage to help protect populations from all of the diseases they face would bring even greater benefits. … But, in reality, an omnibus approach would be far more expensive — and far less efficient. … Health-related initiatives have the potential not only to save people’s lives, but also to transform them, and thus should feature in the new global development agenda. The challenge lies in identifying the specific initiatives that will make the most of limited resources…” (4/23).

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