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September 11 : HHS needs to ensure the availability of health screening and monitoring for all responders : report to Congressional requesters

Author(s):
United States Congress
United States Government Accountability Office
Title(s):
September 11 : HHS needs to ensure the availability of health screening and monitoring for all responders : report to Congressional requesters / U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Government Accountability Office, [2007]
Description:
35 leaves : ill.
Language:
English
Electronic Links:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07892.pdf
Summary:
Why GAO did this study. Responders to the World Trade Center (WTC) attack were exposed to many hazards, and concerns remain about long-term health effects of the disaster and the availability of health care services for those affected. In 2006, GAO reported on problems with the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) WTC Federal Responder Screening Program and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) distribution of treatment funding. GAO was asked to update its 2006 testimony. GAO assessed the status of: (1) services provided by the WTC Federal Responder Screening Program; (2) efforts by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide services for nonfederal responders residing outside the New York City (NYC) area, and (3) NIOSH's awards to grantees for treatment services and efforts to estimate service costs. GAO reviewed program documents and interviewed HHS officials, grantees, and others. What GAO recommends: GAO recommends that the Secretary of HHS expeditiously ensure that screening and monitoring services are available for: (1) federal responders; and (2) nonfederal responders residing outside the NYC area. In its comments on a draft of GAO's report, HHS said that the report was generally accurate. HHS did not comment on GAO's recommendations.
MeSH:
Delivery of Health Care/economics*
Financing, Government*
Health Services Accessibility/organization & administration*
Health Status
Humans
New York City
Occupational Exposure/adverse effects*
Population Surveillance*
Registries
Rescue Work
September 11 Terrorist Attacks*
United States
Other Subject(s):
United States. Department of Health and Human Services.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Publication Type(s):
Technical Report
Notes:
"GAO-07-892."
"July 2007."
Also issued online.
NLM ID:
101392678 [Book]

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