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We need to invest in public health to keep America great

March 27, 2017
by Ruth J. Katz
STAT News

Instead of making deep investments in public health, and thus public safety, we allocate pennies. Americans spend more per capita on health care than any other country in the world, but less than 3 percent of all health spending goes to public health. The CDC’s budget has declined slightly over the past decade, and funding cuts at the state and local levels have been “drastic,” says Trust for America’s Health. We have neglected our public health infrastructure just as we have neglected our transportation infrastructure. Will we let our health deteriorate as we have seen our roads and bridges crumble?

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