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Determinants of US local health department expenditures, 1992 through 1993.

Authors
  • R L Gordon
  • R B Gerzoff
  • T B Richards
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study examined local health department expenditures and their relationship to several departmental characteristics, including the size of the population in the department's jurisdiction. METHODS: Local health department characteristics were obtained from a 1992/93 nationwide mail survey and modeled by means of multiple linear regression. RESULTS: Great variability existed in the per capita expenditures of local health departments, and approximately 70% of the variability was accounted for by differences in jurisdiction population size. Additional characteristics of the health departments explained another 11%. The average unadjusted per capita expenditure by local health departments nationwide was $26. CONCLUSIONS: Local health department expenditures that support essential public health services average a dime a day per person.

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