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  •  how the hell is flu pandemic a public health (0+ / 0-)

    infrastructure? That is a hell of a stretch.

    •  heh - how the hell is is not? (3+ / 0-)
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      what is this, magical thinking time? Do you think that state health departments, tasked with surveillance and treatment ans well as coordination of resources, can just spring into action after disappearing?

      Utah could become the only state in the country without a state health department.

      Republican lawmakers are considering handing the duties of the health department -- from tracking and responding to communicable diseases and trying to reduce obesity and cancer rates to inspecting child care facilities -- to other agencies.

      The proposed dismantling would save $1.7 million in administrative costs by cutting director and division director budgets. It came as a shock to David Sundwall, the department's director, who learned of the proposal Wednesday morning.

      Poison control center cut in Washington state Not only do these folks save lives now, they'd be the emergency call-in center during a pandemic so you'd save a trip to an overcrowded hospital.

      You can't train hopsital lab techs overnight to learn how to un proper specimins, and in large volumes.

      And so on.

      The cost of losing and retraining is greater than the cost of retaining, as many a company has found out the hard way.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:38:08 AM PST

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      •  So the hole gets deeper (0+ / 0-)

        and states are having a tough time paying anyone, and it will not end anytime soon. Totally depressing, and I am sure not moving to Utah, California or whatever-the-next-state-to-go-under will be.

        Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

        by riverlover on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:05:06 AM PST

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    •  An example (2+ / 0-)
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      DemFromCT, Maudlin

      My husband works for a public health research arm of our public (state-funded) university.

      His job is funded by State and Federal monies.

      A lot of people work in his department.

      I'm sure a lot of people work in state and federal funded health research, for private and public entities, throughout the nation.

      I'm also sure that there are a whole lot of nurses and doctors and other health professionals involved in delivering flu shots every year.  Many of them, including the ones in the local government where I work, are publicly funded.

      Not all who wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien

      by NCJan on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:48:24 AM PST

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