A majority of voters say that the federal government should play a larger role in public health, taking measures to help stanch the causes of chronic illness while better preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes or tornados, according to a new report by the Trust for Americas Health.
A public opinion survey of 1,026 registered voters found that 63% of Americans believe that investing in preventive measures will save money on long-term healthcare costs, and 60% said that diseases related to obesity are an important issue for federal and state governments to hone in on.
The survey, conducted in early June for the Trust for Americas Health by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The data provide the backbone to the Trust for Americas Healths Blueprint for a Healthier America: Modernizing the Federal Public Health System to Focus on Prevention and Preparedness, which offers 10 recommendations on how to improve healthcare for every individual.
Among the recommendations: rethinking short- and long-term healthcare goals; providing a stable and reliable funding source for public health; and creating an independent national public health board.
The report also calls on the federal government to increase its spending on public health by $12 billion, and for state and local governments to boost spending by $8 billion to make up for a shortfall in dollars for critical health programs. -- by Matthew DoBias