"Arbitrary caps that don't take into account the growing healthcare needs of our aging population are bad news for the patients and communities hospitals serve," said Rich Umbdenstock, president/ CEO of the American Hospital Association. "Hospitals are already absorbing more than $155 billion in federal reductions as well as billions more in reductions in state Medicaid programs. Additional cuts of this magnitude would force most hospitals to operate in the red, just at a time when more people are turning to them for care."
Newly inaugurated American Medical Association President Peter Carmel, MD, said physicians understand the need to reduce the nation's deficit, but he suggested that budget cuts should be done with a scalpel and not a chainsaw.
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"We know from experience that across-the-board cuts to federal health programs are counterproductive to health system improvements and will ultimately limit access to care for patients," Carmel said. "With baby boomers entering Medicare and more patients joining Medicaid, the AMA encourages policymakers to focus on policy changes that will protect vulnerable patients while improving the fiscal health of the nation."