A slight reduction in absolute smoking prevalence in the United States would result in “substantial” Medicaid savings the following year, according to findings recently published in JAMA Network Open.
“Medicaid recipients smoke at higher rates than the general population ... suggesting that investments to reduce smoking in this population could be associated with a reduction in Medicaid costs in the short run,” Stanton Glantz, PhD, of the Center for Tobacco Control, Research and Education at University of California, San Francisco, wrote.
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