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Returns on Investment in California County Departments of Public Health
Timothy T. Brown
This study focuses on the returns on investment made into California county health departments. The author gathered data from peer reviewed journal articles between 2001 and 2009. These articles focused on developing methods to measure return on investments in public health. From this the author found that there was a high return on investment for every dollar put into county health departments. Research and data suggests that investments into these departments are a prudent decision.
These findings could encourage increased government investment into public health departments. They could also spur private sector investment. Increased investment could lower healthcare costs while improving care which could result in a decrease of returning patients.