Budget Cuts and Public Health Risks

December 21, 2011
by Dr. Sanjay Gupta


Up first this half-hour: a sober warning about your health.

A new report says Washington's budget-cutters may be crippling the country's ability to respond to new disease outbreaks and bioterror attacks.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is with us tonight. Sanjay, what capabilities do we stand to lose?

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we're talking about preparedness in response to lots of different things, including some of the things we've seen this year: natural disasters, like the tornadoes in Joplin, you know, the flooding, the Red River Valley, but also things like H1N1, which you know, cost a large amount of money, about $8 billion to respond to and then, of course, the concerns about bioterror attacks.



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