A new brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Return on Investment -- Saving Lives and Money.
"Creating a culture of health in the United States requires a commitment
to prevention. Preventing disease and injury is the most cost-effective,
common-sense way to improve health; despite this fact, for every dollar spent
on health care in the United States today, only about four cents goes towards
public health and prevention. A variety of recent reports and studies show that
strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs save lives
and money. This brief summarizes the findings from major studies on public
health and prevention released between 2008 and 2013."