Issue Brief

No. 806

Clinical Preventive Services: When Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?
August 24, 2005


Eileen Salinsky


This paper provides an overview of clinical preventive services, including a definition of such services and the role of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in recommending which services should be routinely offered to patients. It also describes efforts to analyze the cost effectiveness of clinical preventive services and reviews the insurance coverage policies of private and public payers. Barriers to increased uptake of appropriate services are discussed and policy relevant issues are summarized.

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