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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Daily Dose

Government programs that aid people’s health

As the federal government fully reopens after a 16-day shutdown, some may wonder why we didn’t feel a stronger impact on our daily lives. This raises the question: Do we really need all those government programs from a health standpoint? According to report issued last Thursday , 79 of those public health programs — that receive federal, state, or local funding — are well worth the tax dollars spent on them because they lead to significant health improvements or prevent life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

Here are three worth our taxpayer dollars:

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