Report: $2b Hasn't Stopped Gaps in Bioterror Readiness

December 11, 2003
by Mimi Hall
USA Today

Despite a $2 billion federal investment, the nation's public health system is only marginally better prepared today to handle a bioterrorism attack or other health emergency than it was in 2001, a new report shows. The study by the non-profit Trust for America's Health found that efforts to prepare for health emergencies have been hampered by state budget deficits, a shortage of medical workers, red tape and disagreements between state and local officials over who should get the money.

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