Department of Public Health

Appropriations Summary








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The objectives of the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH), according to the Michigan Manual, are "to prevent disease; prolong life; promote health through organized community programs for sanitation, protection of the environment, and control of communicable and chronic disease; education of individuals by promoting behavior conducive to better personal health; and the development of comprehensive quality medical services and facilities for the early diagnosis and care of the sick."[154]  Many of these objectives fall well beyond the scope of government in civil society.  For example, individuals themselves, and private educational and social welfare organizations, should take responsibility for education regarding healthy behaviors.

MDPH has grown too large and too intrusive.  It seems to operate on the political society premise that most people are unable to decide for themselves what course of action should be taken regarding their health, and that any shortcoming in public health must be met with government intervention.  This is not the case.