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Dr. Sarah Hallberg, medical director of Virta Health, noted that we have typically approached disease by paying for patients’ medicines and working to ensure medication adherence. This, she said, is “because medicines are profitable.”

But she posed a question: “What is going to be the most cost-efficient thing — to continue to prescribe medications that we’re all going to bear the cost of (especially in the underserved population) or to give them food … to prevent the disease?”