Impact of Budget Cuts on America’s Health
Sequestration will have a tremendous impact on the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the patients they serve. The 2 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements that results from sequestration will jeopardize these institutions’ ability to provide critical patient care services often unavailable elsewhere in communities, including trauma centers, burn units, poison centers, and psychiatric units. Sequestration also will hurt patients by cutting vital federal funding for medical research—$1.5 billion in the first year alone.
Congress and the Administration must work together on a solution that avoids sequestration—and the devastating impact of continued cuts—on programs that benefit all Americans.
How Sequestration Will Hurt America’s Health
Sequestration Threatens NIH and Medicare GME Funding
Deadlines for Congressional action on budget-related activities
A blog posting that includes a list of reports outlining the impact of sequestration on a state-by-state basis
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released guidance on what happens if sequestration occurs. According to the report, in the event of a sequester, NIH will “reduce the final FY 2013 funding levels of noncompeting continuation grants and expects to make fewer competing awards to allow the agency to meet the available budget allocation.” In addition, each Institute and Center (IC) will announce “their respective approaches to meeting the new budget level.”
Second Opinion Podcasts
An occasional series on policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, featuring AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer, Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.
An op-ed authored by AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., published in the The Hill’s Congress Blog, focuses on how sequestration cuts to Medicare and medical research will hurt patients.
Also on AAMC
With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians will intensify over the coming years. According to AAMC estimates, the United States faces a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020—a number that will grow to more than 130,000 by 2025.
Cuts to graduate medical education (GME) would jeopardize the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to train physicians, nurses, and other health care providers, as well as limit critical services to the community.
Sequestration Poses Severe Threat to America's Patients, Communities
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement about the impact of sequestration.
AAMC, Physician Groups Launch Ad to Fight Federal Funding Cuts
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