In December an important and I believe accurate report on public health preparedness was issued by a nonprofit org. Extracted from CQ article!
“The health system’s capacity to deliver treatment to the public in emergencies such as bioterrorism attacks and pandemics is at risk because of funding cuts to state and local public health departments, warned a report issued Tuesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
It added that federally funded programs are eroding as well.
The report also calls into question how ready the nation would be in case of natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes. Fifteen states have cut public health funds three years in a row.
“The great recession is taking its toll,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the trust, in a conference call with reporters. Major gains in preparedness since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax attacks afterward “are in real jeopardy due to severe budget cuts at the federal, state and local level,” he said.”
What I find of great interest is that despite the largest investment by any measure in its health care system by any nation-state in the world the USA still does not get what it pays for. Why? Much lost to middlemen.
The reappearance of H1N1 and other virus should warn all that nature does not grant variances.