Only 3 percent of the $2.5 trillion spent in the U.S. on health-related expenditures in 2009 went to governmental public health activities, yet many of the costliest health problems facing the nation, such as obesity, are conditions that cannot be resolved through medical care alone. For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future, a new report by the Institute of Medicine, assesses the impact of fluctuations in public health funding and recommends innovative policies and mechanisms to ensure state and local public health departments receive adequate funds to meet the nation's health goals.
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