This special issue of Health Services Research, titled “The Economics of Public Health: Missing Pieces to the Puzzle of Health System Reform” looks at the resources consumed by the health system and the health outcomes in the US population. In the United States, the public health system, where government agencies work together with private and voluntary organizations to identify and prevent public health risks, is given little attention
The publications contained in this issue explore how public health agencies can deliver services efficiently and interact productively with other elements of the health system. Overall, the results suggest promising avenues for aligning medical care and public health practices.
This issue of Health Services Research can be viewed on their website.