GABRIEL I. BARBASH, M.D.
To the editor: In a recent issue, Dr. Orient (1) discussed the impact of public controversies on our preparedness for mass disasters. As mentioned, cost-benefit considerations may play an important role in the decision process preceding budgetary allocation for national mass disaster preparedness. Obviously, it can be easily argued from a cost-effectiveness point of view that every dollar spent on the prevention of traffic accidents may have a higher pay-off than an investment in improving our handling of the lower probability mass disasters.
However, policy and budget issues are rivaled in importance by our failure to organize properly the enormous
BARBASH GI. Preparedness for Disasters. Ann Intern Med. ;104:443–444. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-3-443
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(3):443-444.
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