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Letter: Keep public health funding a priority

April 7, 2013
by Caitlin Toth--New York State Public Health Association, Albany
Albany Times-Union

 

Public health programs need funding. Public health programs not only save lives, they also save money.

The United States spends more on health care than any other country. Health care costs have risen tenfold from 1980 to 2010 and are expected to rise faster than national income during the foreseeable future. However, by investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts, the nation could save more than $16 billion within five years, according to a report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That's a $5.60 return for every $1 invested.

 

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