Novel infectious agents recently emerged overseas, grabbing headlines in America. They triggered concern because they do not respect traditional barriers such as national borders, the poverty line, and healthy behavior. With globalization, the likelihood of importing new germs into the country is increasing.
In the last year, man-made and natural catastrophes, from the terrorist bombing in Boston to Superstorm Sandy, have highlighted the potential disruption in our healthcare delivery capability - underscoring the limits and fragility of our healthcare infrastructure.
In the event of a pandemic, the stress placed on the healthcare system will be enormous. The 2012 Trust for America’s Health report states “we are not sufficiently prepared to address [health threats] as a nation ...”