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U.S. Should Maintain, Increase Investments In Emergency Preparedness

Washington Post: Letters to the Editor: The new CDC director has an important duty: Resisting budget reductions
Richard Seifman, board member of the National Physicians Alliance and technical review panel active member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

“…It is well-recognized that the best protection for American lives in the face of the next big epidemic (which will surely happen) is early surveillance, detection, and response — before it reaches the United States. This rationale is why the United States is a co-sponsor of and is financing the Global Health Security Agenda, and why it funds emergency preparedness domestically and abroad. Prevention and preparedness yield among the highest returns on government investment, based on experience. Maintaining or, better yet, increasing investments would reduce future burdens on our health care system and health care professionals and, ultimately, the cost of health care insurance. In short, prevent now or pay much more later in public funds and, most important, in human suffering” (7/12).