Curative is a practice when you treat the disease after the pathological process has started. So, the disease has already begun to at least manifest. Stopping the disease from advancing is called secondary prevention.
Preventive (medicine) is a practice in which you prevent the onset and progression of the disease through timely detection i.e. screening. You don’t let the disease manifest and so you prevent any health hazards and treatment costs associated with it. It’s better than curative in all aspects.
14% of Chronically Ill patients pay too much for health insurance. Many healthcare consumers purchase more comprehensive plans than needed because of fear of their health unknown and once in the plan they chose a curative approach versus a preventative.
Chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, hypertension, respiratory disease, diabetes Alzheimer and kidney disease account for 75% of healthcare expenditures in the United States.
Healthcare consumers need to plan better to select the best insurance plan to meet their needs.