MMS on Sequestration: 'Little Good Can Come From the Cuts'

Contact: Richard Gulla, MMS
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rgulla@mms.org

Statement attributable to Richard V. Aghababian, MD, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, on the start of federal budget sequestration today:

"It appears that little good can come from the cuts in funding from sequestration. The impact will be felt widely, but the cuts in health care will have a disproportionate effect, because health care touches everyone and because health care is the largest industry in the Commonwealth.

"More than a billion dollars in disaster relief, more than $350 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than $133 million for the Food and Drug Administration are among the scheduled cuts. Mental health services, AIDS/HIV prevention and treatment, and food safety programs are also to be reduced, as are payments to health care providers.  And we don't yet know what the impact might be on jobs in the health care industry. These reductions will put a greater strain on our health care system, as we cope with an ever-increasing demand for services, cost containment at the state level, and physician shortages.

"We urge the President and Congress to act quickly to reach a solution to the budget crisis that will allow minimal interruption in critically important medical research, health prevention and treatment  programs, and the protection for those most vulnerable among us."

Read an overview of the estimated impact of sequestration on the Massachusetts health care system.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world's leading medical journals; the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters covering 11 specialties; and AIDS Clinical Care. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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