Vulnerable: US medical system is less ready for a massive disaster 

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WHAT: The U.S. has 50,000 fewer public health workers than it did 20 years ago and federal funding for public health preparedness has been cut 37 percent. Hospitals are not ready for massive disaster, according to the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

HOW: Local and state public health departments cut approximately 29,000 jobs — some 19 percent of the workforce. The U.S. medical system weakened its “ability to care for a massive influx of patients,” a new study from the Trust for America’s Health reported.

WHY: Due to loss of staff and persistent budget cuts at all government levels, we are less able to respond today than we were 10 years ago. Hospitals have far fewer resources for preparedness, said the director of the National Disaster Center, Dr. Irwin Redlener.

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