US & OECD Spending on Prevention & Public Health: 3 Charts

From a recent GAO Report.  Fig. 2 looks like the US is underspending in prevention & public health, but since the denominator is total health spending, our middling result is not surprising at all:

Prevention spending 2010

Fig. 3 tells a more surprising story:


In Fig. 4, the US rates very highly per capita:


  1. It is surprising (to me) how highly the US ranks in per capita and % of GDP, despite our heavy reliance on private health insurance systems.
  2. All of this data is 2010, before the public health measures in PPACA had taken full effect.
  3. Is this political ammo for those who would cut the Prevention & Public Health Fund?
  4. Note the GAO’s comments on the limitations of the available data.



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