Report: Fla. last in U.S. health funds

June 14, 2006
by Jacob Goldstein
Miami Herald

Florida ranks last in the nation in federal dollars per capita for public health and bioterrorism preparedness, according to a report released Tuesday. The state received $11.38 per person in fiscal year 2005, just over half the national average of $20.99 per person. Alaska, which topped the list, received $53.36 per person. ''Where you live shouldn't determine the level of protection you are getting,'' said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, the public health advocacy group that released the report. ``We probably need to be doing a better job of linking distribution of resources to need.''

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