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Swine flu: breaking the acute care system [Effect Measure]

Maryn McKenna has a great piece at CIDRAP News today about something that should worry all of us as we wait to see if the other shoe drops with swine flu. Our acute care health services system is so brittle it won't take much to break it:.

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