AHA: Obama Budget Proposes 'Troubling Reductions'

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , April 11, 2013

In addition to training new physicians, teaching hospitals train nurses and first responders. Cutting essential federal support for teaching hospitals could mean up to 10,000 fewer physicians trained every year when the nation already faces a shortage of nearly 92,000 doctors in the next 10 years, Kirch said.

Cuts to health professions training programs, including doctor training programs at the nation's children's hospitals (CHGME), will endanger the supply of pediatricians and pediatric specialists that all children need, he added. 

In a statement, the Children's Hospital Association stated it was pleased that Obama's budget protects funding for Medicaid by avoiding short term cuts to the program, but it echoed the NAPH's concerns about proposed cuts to DSH payments, and AAMC's concerns about cuts to CHGME.

"The reality is that one in four hospitals operate in the red, so additional cuts will hamper their ability to provide access to the latest treatments and technologies, and could result in fewer caregivers and longer waits for care," the AHA's Umdenstock also said.

Concerns over potential Medicare cuts were also echoed by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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