Public Health ROI
Healthy people cost less. By keeping people healthy, public health investments will show dividends. When we invest in health programs:
- Employers Benefit. Health care costs of obese workers are 21 percent higher than those of healthy workers. And the direct costs of employees poor health—absenteeism, higher injury rates, lower productivity—can be 2-3 times the cost of their direct medical expenses.
- Taxpayers Benefit. Currently, 75 percent of all that we spend on health treats chronic conditions. Medicare spending growth is mostly attributable to diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and kidney disease that in most cases could have been prevented with public health investment.
- Communities Benefit. Federal investments that make their way back home support jobs in research, education, and service delivery. These scientists, teachers and health professionals strengthen local economies and directly improve the lives of those in them.
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