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[Viewpoint] Saving lives efficiently across sectors: the need for a Congressional cost-effectiveness committee

20:15 EDT 29 Jun 2017 | The Lancet

In the preamble of the United States Constitution, a primary goal of government was established: “to promote the general Welfare”. Upon the opening of budget deliberations for the 115th US Congressional session, we suggest an evidence-based approach for the new Congress in aligning the budget process more closely with this national goal. In particular, we underscore the efficiency of the US public health sector in promoting societal welfare, and reveal a relative underinvestment in public health compared with other sectors.

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