Health care will be a top priority in the next presidential campaign. As the candidates consider affordable heath care for every American, I hope they do not lose sight of public health and the huge achievements that have improved the health and extended the life expectancy of persons in the United States.
According to Senator McCain in response to an set of ten questions posed by the AMA to the candidates about their health care reform proposals.
“The most important players in health care; however, are the patient and their health care provider-as everyone else merely plays a support role”
I would like to remind Senator McCain of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the U. S. -1900 to 1999 which include:
- Motor-vehicle safety
- Safer workplaces
- Control of infectious diseases
- Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
- Safer and healthier foods
- Healthier mothers and babies
- Family planning
- Fluoridation of drinking water
- Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard
Public health is a major contributor to the health of Americans and not “merely a support role”. Public health at the federal, state, and local level plays a critical role in disease prevention and health promotion.