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Biodefense Spending and Waste: Impact on Public Health Initiatives

Erin Lynne KellyORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5369-5502
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  • Pennsylvania State University Penn State World Campus, Homeland Security, Public Health Preparedness, University Park, PA, United States of America
  • WellSpan York Hospital, Internal Medicine, York, PA, United States of America
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Published Online: 2016-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2016-0029

Abstract

While the threat of bioterrorism carries with it strong emotions of fear and panic, the likelihood-adjusted fatality rates for a horrific bioterror event pale in comparison to that of an infectious disease like influenza. Based on this assumed risk of occurrence, the likelihood-adjusted fatality rate of a bioweapon attack is 900 deaths per year as compared to 36,000 deaths per year for influenza. The FY2016 budget for biodefense was $1.4 million in comparison to $1.2 million for pandemic influenza and emerging diseases. In addition to poor allocation of funds based on actual risk, the biodefense budget lacks government oversight, has poorly defined objectives and unnecessary redundancy. Streamlining the budget and appropriating funds with more emphasis on actual risk would allow an increase in essential areas of public health.

Keywords: biodefense; biodefense budget; fiscal waste; health security budget; public health budget

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Published Online: 2016-11-08

Published in Print: 2016-09-01


Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 295–300, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, ISSN (Print) 2194-6361, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2016-0029.

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