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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Costs & funding for public health; Path to universal health coverage

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Three new articles were published this week in PLoS Medicine, focusing on funding and policy analysis.

An economic analysis of different screening methods for detection of colorectal cancers suggests that in US or Canadian settings, screening with fecal immunochemical testing results in lower health-care costs as compared with other screening approaches.

Zhongwei Jia and colleagues describe how a combination of increased domestic funding, supplemented by foreign loans and donations since 2002, has led to a dramatic increase in tuberculosis case finding in China.

Sara Bennett and colleagues discuss the 2010 World Health Report on Health Systems Financing, laying out the principal recommendations and the challenges that remain in implementing universal health coverage.

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