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The case for investing in public health: a public health summary report for EPHO 8

Nurse, Joanna, Dorey, Stephen, Yao, Lin, Sigfrid, Louise, Yfantopolous, Platonas, McDaid, David, Yfantopolous, John and Moreno, Jose Martin (2014) The case for investing in public health: a public health summary report for EPHO 8. . World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen.

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Abstract

The economic crisis has led to increased demand and reduced resources for health sectors. The trend for increasing healthcare costs to individuals, the health sector and wider society is significant. Public health can be part of the solution to this challenge. The evidence shows that prevention can be cost-effective, provide value for money and give returns on investment in both the short and longer terms. This public health summary outlines quick returns on investment for health and other sectors for interventions that promote physical activity and healthy employment; address housing and mental health; and reduce road traffic injuries and violence. Vaccinations and screening programmes are largely cost-effective. Population-level approaches are estimated to cost on average five times less than individual interventions. This report gives examples of interventions with early returns on investment and approaches with longer-term gains. Investing in cost-effective interventions to reduce costs to the health sector and other sectors can help create sustainable health systems and economies for the future.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Additional Information: ©2014 World Health Organization
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 11:41
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2020 23:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62111

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