U.S. health system unprepared, report says

December 13, 2006
by Mimi Hall
USA Today

The nation's public health system the first line of defense against pandemic flu, a bioterror attack or other widespread health emergency remains woefully unprepared to protect the American public, according to a report out Tuesday. The annual study by Trust for America's Health found that emergency health preparedness remains inadequate five years after the 9/11 and anthrax attacks of 2001 raised fears of bioterrorism. The study also comes one year after Hurricane Katrina highlighted the need for the government to provide health care quickly when thousands of people are in need.

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