January 27, 2022

The Center for Community Solutions: Vaccination efforts in Ohio have saved Medicaid millions

Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The original goal of this commonplace idiom was to encourage Philadelphians to remain vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Coal, the common source of heating in homes during the time, was often carried “live” from room to room, up and down stairs.

Of course, during the Covid pandemic, the metaphor, and the lingering advice, is painfully obvious. But what is our proverbial “ounce” worth, in terms of Medicaid dollars in Ohio?

It’s a fairly straightforward equation. If we know vaccinations prevent hospitalization, how much did Ohio Medicaid save through its vaccination efforts?

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