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Trust for America's Health Applauds Public Health Funding in Senate Stimulus Bill as Down Payment for Containing Health Care Costs
Date:1/27/2009

i>$870 million to complete funding for the national pandemic flu plan; and
  • $5 billion to jumpstart modernizing Health Information Technology.
  • The investment will create new jobs and help revitalize the infrastructure of state, local, and community-based programs aimed at reducing rates of disease, such as providing increased access to affordable nutritious foods and increasing immunization efforts. At the same time, these programs can help reduce health care costs. In 2008, TFAH recently released Prevention for a Healthier America, a study that found that for every $1 spent on proven community-based disease prevention programs, the country could net a return of $5.60 in health care costs within five years.

    The bill also provides funding to stimulate research, development, and implementation of technology to modernize the nation's ability to respond to a potential pandemic flu outbreak, including equipment and medications needed to detect, contain, and treat pandemic flu.

    The investment in improving health information technology (HIT) could also lead to advancements in epidemiological research, making it easier to investigate the causes and cures of diseases and detect new infectious outbreaks.

    A range of analyses from authorities ranging from the Institute of Medicine to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that America's public health system is "structurally weak in nearly every area." TFAH assembled an expert panel in 2008 which found the country currently faces a shortfall of $20 billion annually -- across state, local, and federal government -- in funding for critical public health programs in the U.S., based on research conducted by The New York Academy of Medicine and a panel of leading experts. Approximately $1 billion of this shortfall is due to cuts to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD
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