Report says feds should take lead in public health

Survey shows support for increases in public health spending

October 21, 2008
by Matthew DoBias
Modern Healthcare

A majority of voters say that the federal government should play a larger role in public health, taking measures to help stanch the causes of chronic illness while better preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes or tornados, according to a new report by the Trust for America's Health.

A public opinion survey of 1,026 registered voters found that 63% of Americans believe that investing in preventive measures will save money on long-term healthcare costs, and 60% said that diseases related to obesity are an important issue for federal and state governments to hone in on.

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