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December 1, 2012
Disasters create a secondary surge in casualties because of the sudden increased need for long-term health care. Surging demands for medical care after a disaster place excess strain on an overtaxed health care system operating at maximum or reduced capacity. The authors applied a health services use model to identify areas of vulnerability that perpetuate health disparities for at-risk populations seeking care after a disaster. The authors have proposed a framework to understand the role of the medical system in modifying the health impact of the secondary surge on vulnerable populations.
(2012) 102(12), e24-32