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Study: Health care system needs help

December 28, 2007
Disaster News Network

Despite billions of dollars spent for preparedness, health care systems are poorly equipped to respond to major disaster, according to national study. Trust for America's Health (TFAH), found that while progress has been made, more work remains to be done on the nation's emergency health preparedness effort. The TFAH report was issued after a similar PricewaterhouseCoopers' study. "The improvements in state preparedness are encouraging, but the job of preparing the United States for major health emergencies is not nearly done," said Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH. "And, just when we are beginning to see a return on the federal investment in preparedness programs, the president and Congress have continued to cut these funds. These efforts may seem penny wise now, but could prove pound foolish later."

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