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Public health gets least money, but does most
USA Today

Just three cents of each U.S. health care dollar goes to public health even though it plays a far bigger role in keeping Americans well than medical care, a top federal official said at a forum presented by USA TODAY and insurer Cigna.

State and local public health departments were hit especially hard by the recession and haven’t recovered, said physician Karen DeSalvo, acting assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services.