Majority of health security budget dedicated to multiple-hazard, preparedness programs

Approximately 61 percent of the president's proposed fiscal year 2015 health security budget is dedicated to multiple-hazard and preparedness programs, according to a study recently published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security assessed proposed U.S. government funding in five health security domains, including multiple-hazard and preparedness programs, pandemic influenza and emerging infectious disease programs, chemical programs, radiological and nuclear programs, and biodefense programs. The president proposed $7.7 billion worth of funding for multiple-hazard and preparedness programs.

Of the rest of the $12.5 billion dedicated to health security-related programs, the president proposed $2.0 billion to radiological and nuclear programs, $1.5 billion to biodefense programs, $948 million for pandemic influenza and emerging infectious disease programs and three percent to chemical programs.

"Of the total health security funding proposed for FY2015, 61 (percent) is allocated to multiple-hazard and preparedness programs, demonstrating a major government focus on building systems that can protect the country from a variety of threats to health," the researchers said.

The researchers pointed out that many pandemic influenza and emerging infectious disease programs were categorized in the multiple-hazard section of the analysis. They also noted that proposed funding in the president's budget typically differs from the final appropriated amounts.