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U.S. disaster preparedness slows, illustrating fragile healthcare safety net
Modern Healthcare

The U.S. is better equipped than in the past to manage health emergencies, but progress slowed last year as regional inequities in preparedness persist, according to new data.

The U.S. scored a 6.7 on the 10-point scale of the 2019 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That’s a 3.1% boost over the year prior, and a 11.7% increase since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the index in 2013. At the current pace, it will take a decade to reach a strong health security level of at least 9.