To the Editor: One of the most talked about solutions to some of the problems of our health care system is “preventive health”. The rationale appears to be that “an ounce of prevention is better (and presumably cheaper) than a pound of cure”. Perhaps this is the reasoning behind the ever-increasing Medicare Benefits Schedule item numbers, inducing general practitioners to do more and more preventive health checks. This is expected of GPs, conditional on the services being “cost neutral” to the government.1
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