Healthcare epidemiology: the current status of planning for pandemic influenza and implications for health care planning in the United States.

@article{Bartlett2008HealthcareET,
  title={Healthcare epidemiology: the current status of planning for pandemic influenza and implications for health care planning in the United States.},
  author={John G. Bartlett and Luciana Borio},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2008},
  volume={46 6},
  pages={919-25}
}
The United States needs to be better prepared for a large-scale medical catastrophe, be it a natural disaster, a bioterrorism act, or a pandemic. There are substantial planning efforts now devoted to responding to an influenza pandemic. Here, we review these efforts and identify some harsh realities: (1) the US health care system is private, competitive, broke, and at capacity, so that any demand for surge cannot be met with existing economic resources, hospital beds, manpower, or supplies; (2… CONTINUE READING