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Missouri: The 50th state for spending on public health

March 8, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri spends fewer state dollars on public health than all but one state, according to a newly released national report.

Last year, Missouri spent just $9.26 for each resident. Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, only Nevada spent less. Illinois, with a population roughly double the size of Missouri, spends $24.32 per person on public health
- 5.6 times as much. The national median is $28.92, meaning half the states spend more than that amount.

As low as the Missouri figures are, they're about to get worse.

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