Investing in Public Health: A Life-Cycle Approach

Investing in Public Health: A Life-Cycle Approach

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Better health at lower cost. This book proposes sound investments to achieve these twin goals. Rooted in a life-cycle approach, key investments start with timely prenatal care, immunizations, better educational attainment, a healthier and active work force, and healthy aging. Dr. Meyer distills the forces driving people into the health care system -- poverty, tobacco use, obesity, and pollution and presents policy prescriptions aimed at core drivers of poor health and high costs. This book presents the concept of a a€œpositive life spiral, a€ in which carefully targeted investments result in better health outcomes, health care savings, and more people working productively. This lowers public assistance costs and broadens the tax base. Some of the savings are plowed back into more investments, continuing the upward spiral. The author presents a solid strategy to finance the new investments with an in-depth plan to reduce the huge amount of wasteful spending inside our health care system. He offers new approaches to health care delivery and financing, along with modern policies to assess the value of medical technology. Savings are placed in a new and secure trust fund that will redirect spending toward high-value investments in public health, education, and work force development.In this case, $40 billion a year in federal funds would be transferred to the new trust fund (see diagram at the end of this section). ... in Medicare Parts B, C, and D, would come from federal general revenues and Medicare enrolleesa#39; contributions to their coverage. ... one feature, even though it is in a very different context.


Title:Investing in Public Health: A Life-Cycle Approach
Author: Jack Meyer
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2014-04-03
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