Missouri Ranks Last In Public Health Spending

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal
Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri spends less on public health than any other state in the country, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed. According to the data, Missouri spends about $35.2 million annually on public health. That’s about $5.86 per person, or low enough to land the state at the very bottom of the rankings.

Median spending is $27.49 for each person. State spending on public health has declined nationally during the last couple of years. “High rates of preventable diseases are one of the biggest drivers of health care costs in the country,” the report said. “And, right now, Americans are not as healthy and productive as they could or should be to compete in the global economy.”

The study recommends increased funding for public health at local, state and federal levels.

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