Medicine: Health Is Purchasable

Fifty-one and six-tenths cents per capita is what the average American city of 100,000 population or more spends on health—that is, for strictly defined health services, and not including hospitals, morgues, sewerage and sewage disposal, garbage and refuse disposal.* It lavishes $6.11 on education, $1.88 on highways, $1.56 on fire prevention, $1.28 on police protection. And this expenditure for health purposes, parsimonious though it looks, increased 95% on the average between 1910 and 1920, according to a 10-year analysis of the health department budgets of 83 cities (including the 68 with a population...

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