Estimating the Health and Economic Effects of Public Health SpendingUniversity of Michigan RWJF Health Policy Scholars Seminar Series (2013)
AbstractPreventable health conditions account for more than 75% of the $2.7 trillion spent annually on health care in the U.S., yet less than 5% of these expenditures are devoted to public health programs and services that are designed to prevent and control disease and injury rather than to treat the downstream consequences of these conditions. Such limited expenditures in public health may contribute to the higher rates of preventable morbidity, mortality and excess medical costs experienced in the U.S. compared to other high-income countries. In this presentation, I update previous estimates of the health effects and medical cost offsets associated with public health spending, using a unique 15-year panel of data on local spending and health. These analyses give particular attention to alternative ways of accounting for the lagged effects of public health spending on health and medical costs.
Publication DateWinter February 7, 2013
Citation InformationGlen P Mays. "Estimating the Health and Economic Effects of Public Health Spending" University of Michigan RWJF Health Policy Scholars Seminar Series (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/glen_mays/69/