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America’s Lackluster Performance on Health Outcomes

To improve America’s lackluster performance on health outcomes compared with its peer nations and to maintain its international competitiveness, the United States needs to invest more in its chronically underfunded public health system and spend public health dollars more efficiently, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  The report, released on Tuesday, proposes a two-pronged approach to reforming public health financing.  It calls for more effective and efficient use of money already earmarked for public health, but notes that additional resources need to be directed toward the kinds of population health strategies that public health departments can provide. http://www.nationalacademies.org/morenews/20120410.html.

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