Ohio Near the Bottom of States List for per Person Public Health Spending
The reason for spending more
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Mike DeWine put more money and focus on public health issues hammering Ohio — such as high rates of suicide, infant mortality, drug addiction and tobacco use — as the state ranked near the bottom for public health spending per person.
But sustaining or further increasing that funding will be a challenge as the economy staggers and state government braces for a drop in tax revenues.
“I’ve felt for a long time that we have not paid enough attention to public health. When I look at the problems that we face in Ohio, so many of the challenges that we face have to do with health issues. So I think (the coronavirus pandemic) is going to make us look really hard at that,” he said at one of his daily briefings on the crisis.
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