In the United States, we spend more on health care per year than any other high-income country in the world, with an average of nearly $12,000 per person. At the same time, we spend less than $300 per person per year on public health.
In his new book, Me vs. Us: A Health Divided, Michael Stein, Professor and Chair of Health Law, Policy & Management at the School of Public Health and a primary care physician, aims to answer why this has occurred. He examines how public health has repeatedly been overshadowed by individual medicine and offers eight reasons as to why America’s interest in the delivery of health care has long superseded our interest in public health and its focus on the core social, economic, and environmental forces that shape health.