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Survey: Colorado in bottom 3rd on public health spending

DENVER Colorado ranks 36th in the nation in funding for public health programs, averaging $14.93 per person, a public health advocacy group said.The average among the 50 states in 2005 was $35 per person, the Washington-based Trust for America’s Health said. Hawaii was the highest at $123, while Nevada was the lowest with $3.76.The study measured public health spending on services such as prenatal care, immunizations and treatment for uninsured people.Dr. Ned Calonge, the state’s chief medical officer, said the study does not take into account revenues generated from the tobacco tax was passed in 2004 to fund health programs.It also excludes health funding lawmakers restored this legislative session after years of budget cuts, he said.Calonge said spending in Colorado on diseases like tuberculosis and hepatitis A may appear lower than in other states, but Colorado has lower rates of those illnesses.”It may be that we are actually getting less money because we are healthier,” he said.The study said Colorado ranked better in receiving federal disease prevention and bioterror funds, placing 30th with $18.29 per person.The national state average was $20.99.On the Net: Trust for America’s Health, from: The Denver Post,

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