With a comparison to the Peace Corps, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist,
MD, (R, Tenn), introduced legislation on April 19, calling on the creation
of a “global health corps” (S 850: http://thomas.loc.gov).
The bill would establish an Office of the Global Health Corps within
the Department of Health and Human Services. Its purpose would be to “assist
in improving the health, welfare, and development of communities abroad,”
according to a statement from Frist’s office. The office would oversee
the provision of US health care personnel from the federal government, private
organizations, and individuals who volunteer to offer assistance in other
countries. It would work with international and regional organizations, nongovernmental
organizations, and foreign governments.
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