Pandemic Peril

Source: Jessica Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, Vol. 39 no. 14, April 06, 2009

Three years ago, Congress appropriated billions of dollars to HHS for the agency’s pandemic influenza plan after animal outbreaks of the extremely pathogenic avian flu virus were discovered in a dozen countries throughout the world. Today, even though scientists say the threat of a pandemic is still very real, the nation’s interest in the issue has subsided, and HHS says it does not have the requested resources to fully implement the plan it proposed.

And that leaves the nation’s hospitals–already operating under tight budgets–not only with less funding, but also with the decision whether to expend resources preparing for a catastrophic event that might not occur for years.

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