IOM calls for investment in public health system

The Institute of Medicine has released a report calling for investing more in its underfunded public health system and spending public health dollars more efficiently, according to a press release. 

The report notes that while the U.S. spends more on healthcare than other nations, it scores lower than other developed nations on life expectancy, infant mortality, and other indicators of population health.  The report also notes that while much of U.S. health spending is used to treat chronic diseases which could be controlled or prevented through initiatives and services that public health departments provide, as of 2009, only 3.1% of U.S. health dollars are allocated to public health programs.

(Sources: AHA News Now,, April 11, 2012; The Institute of Medicine,, April 10, 2012)