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December 23 2009

Indirect Costs of Structural Interventions

JAMA. 2009;302(24):2661-2662. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1888

To the Editor: The Commentary by Dr Katz1 considered structural interventions to address chronic health problems. In discussing the cost of such interventions, Katz wrote “ . . . structural interventions that require only changes in policies (eg, removal of vending machines) or enactment of laws (eg, tobacco bans) may cost little to enact.” However, available literature suggests otherwise.

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