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Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan;106(1):56-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302908. Epub 2015 Nov 12.

Public Health's Falling Share of US Health Spending.

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The authors are with the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, New York, NY.

Abstract

We examined trends in US public health expenditures by analyzing historical and projected National Health Expenditure Accounts data. Per-capita public health spending (inflation-adjusted) rose from $39 in 1960 to $281 in 2008, and has fallen by 9.3% since then. Public health's share of total health expenditures rose from 1.36% in 1960 to 3.18% in 2002, then fell to 2.65% in 2014; it is projected to fall to 2.40% in 2023. Public health spending has declined, potentially undermining prevention and weakening responses to health inequalities and new health threats.

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PMID:
26562115
PMCID:
PMC4695931
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2015.302908
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