Ebola's Lasting Impact On The U.S. Health Care System

December 12, 2014 4:46 PM

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Congress on Thursday reached an agreement on a spending bill that included $5 billion for fighting Ebola, including money set aside to help these regional hospitals train their staff, pay for personal protective supplies and reimburse hospitals for small retrofits to their facilities. However, the bill is only a one-time fund. To maintain the network, HHS will have to look to other sources of funding in the future, the HHS official said.

But not all experts are convinced that Ebola preparedness has applications beyond the singular virus’ treatment needs. Dr. Susan Huang, a professor of medicine at UC Irvine Medical School and the medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine Health hospital, argues that infe...

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