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How investing in public health could cure many health care problems

October 3, 2017
by Linda Fried
Los Angeles Times

Other studies also have shown that preventing illness is far less expensive than paying for treatment. Trust for America's Health estimates that "an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. This is a return of $5.60 for every $1." With ever-rising health care costs, how can we overlook such opportunities?

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