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Crisis vs. Chronic: Paying the Price of Public Health

May 2, 2005
by Victoria Stagg Elliott
American Medical News

After the 2001 terrorist attacks, the long-neglected public health system was promised additional resources to fulfill its new role as first responder to emergency situations as well as traditional responsibilities. How it's panned out has left some physicians disappointed... ...A report issued annually by the Trust for America's Health, a Washington, D.C.-based public health advocacy group, found that 32 states cut funding for public health in fiscal year 2003. The situation in fiscal 2004 was marginally better with 15 states cutting funding and 11 maintaining funding levels or increasing them by less than 1%.

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