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Report says Iowa ranks 34th in health funding

March 16, 2009
by Matt Kelley
Radio Iowa News

A report finds Iowa gets fewer federal dollars for public health than the national average, ranking the state 34th in terms of funding. Rich Hamburg, spokesman for the non-profit, non-partisan group Trust for America's Health, says the national per-capita average last year for federal health spending was $17.90, while Iowans averaged $16.37.

"Public health, in general, is chronically underfunded," Hamburg says. "We believe that we're shortchanging how much we spend as a country on prevention and some states are clearly more shortchanged than others." He says the report, called "Shortchanging America's Health," details how the funding disparities lead to serious gaps in the nation's ability to protect citizens against health threats.

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