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Towards a prevention model of health care


Health-care budgets are largely spent on treating the complications of chronic diseases, many of which have preventable risk factors. Here, we discuss some of the key issues in the necessary move towards a 'prevention model' of health care.

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Breckenridge, A., Eichler, HG. Towards a prevention model of health care. Nat Rev Drug Discov 12, 563–564 (2013).

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