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Pa. and N.J. rank low in spending on public health

March 1, 2010
by Don Sapatkin
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania and New Jersey spend fewer federal dollars per person on disease and injury prevention than any other states in the Northeast and both rank near the bottom nationwide, according to an analysis of public health funding released yesterday.

Pennsylvania's state health budget is also the lowest in the Northeast.

The report aims to highlight stagnating spending on public health in the United States at a time of heightened concern about pandemics, chronic diseases, foodborne pathogens and bioterrorism.

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