AAMC Cautions that House Measure Would Jeopardize Patient Care, Vital Services
Washington, D.C., December 20, 2012—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement today on the Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6684) currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“The AAMC recognizes the need to reduce the deficit and ensure the long-term stability of the U.S. economy, however we strongly urge the House to carefully consider the dire consequences of the cuts proposed in this measure on the nation’s patients and the medical schools and teaching hospitals that care for them.
The proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid funding would jeopardize the ability of these institutions to care for the sickest and most vulnerable patients in their communities, and would have a devastating impact on their ability to maintain vital services, such as 24-7 trauma and burn units that often are unavailable elsewhere.
While avoiding sequestration is important, America simply cannot afford cuts that damage the nation’s health.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 144 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.
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