This article explores the gap between what Americans say we believe with respect to spending on child health and what we actually do, which falls short of norms in other developed countries. Three possible reasons are identified: a lack of information about the effectiveness of government programs affecting child health, the idea that “investments” in child health should pay for themselves, and ideological preferences that prioritize other goals and that may themselves be rooted in this country’s racial history. These factors are not mutually exclusive, and all may be at play simultaneously.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy