This is one of those urban legends that almost all liberals assume is true.
Granted, there are a few types of preventive care, like vaccines, that can reduce health care costs.. But there are thousands of expensive diagnostics, drugs, and other “preventive” health care services that are cost-additive. The idea that spending vast sums of government money on these things will reduce overall health care costs is nonsense. Look at what health care experts say:
“[I]t’s not plausible to think you can cut healthcare spending through preventive care. This is widely misunderstood.” — Austin Frakt of Boston University.
“[P]revention itself costs money, and some preventive measures can be very expensive, especially if you give them to a lot of people who won’t benefit.” — Peter Neumann, an expert on health policy and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine
“Sweeping statements about the cost-saving potential of prevention … are overreaching. Studies have concluded that preventing illness can in some cases save money but in other cases can add to health care costs.” — New England Journal of Medicine