Analysis: Pandemic flu to hit poor hardest
January 30, 2007
by Olga Pierce
That means the nation's nearly 47 million uninsured Americans -- and the providers that treat them -- could face crippling medical costs, Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health
, told United Press International. If uninsured people delay needed care, it could also help spread the virus.
When there is a "public health emergency, something should be put in place for the coverage of healthcare," Levi said. "It no longer has just individual consequences, it has society-wide consequences."
At the moment, the secretary of health and human services does not have the authority to put emergency coverage in place even if a public health emergency is declared, he said.
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