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The healthcare system in the United States operates daily somewhere in excess of 75 percent of capacity with limited ability to absorb a sudden and large surge that may come about from an unexpected event, such as a large-scale terrorist attack, natural disaster, or pandemic. In order to manage a large-scale health crisis, also known as Public Health Emergencies (PHEs), governments at all levels must be prepared and have “space, staff, and stuff” in place. This article offers a solution that utilizes and re-purposes existing structures that could easily be “stood-up” and put into service in the times of emergency. By establishing a proportional quantity of emergency hospitals in and near population centers with the greatest concentration, emergency beds would be readily available.
O'Brien, Timothy P.
"COVID-19 and the “Space” Problem of U.S. Hospitals: A Pragmatic Domestic Policy Solution for the Future,"
Liberty University Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/jspp/vol1/iss2/4