Should a reformed system be prepared for public health emergencies, and what does that mean anyway?

J Law Med Ethics. 2008 Winter;36(4):716-21, 609. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.00327.x.


Any reformed health care system must be able to react to and mitigate the consequences of a public health emergency. This article identifies four essential components of public health emergency preparedness, and presents measures that can be taken immediately to improve our capacity to respond to emergencies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Civil Defense / methods
  • Civil Defense / organization & administration*
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Disaster Planning / standards
  • Health Care Reform / organization & administration*
  • Health Care Reform / standards
  • Humans
  • Public Health / methods*
  • Public Health / standards
  • United States