Pe­di­atric ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing slashed 15%; groups cry foul

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In­dus­try groups crit­i­cized HHS fund­ing cuts for pe­di­atric grad­u­ate med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and emer­gency pre­pared­ness that were re­leased as part of HHS’ fis­cal 2011 op­er­at­ing plan, which runs through Septem­ber of this year. Pe­di­atric GME fund­ing through the Health Re­sources and Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion took a hit of $48.5 mil­lion, or 15%, vs. fis­cal 2010 lev­els, fall­ing to $268.4 mil­lion. “We’re look­ing at a short­age in pri­mary-care doc­tors, and that’s who pe­di­a­tri­cians are and this would only make that worse,” said Richard Pol­lack, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for ad­vo­cacy and pub­lic pol­icy at the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion. The cuts also were slammed by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals, the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics and the Amer­i­can Board of Pe­di­atrics. Mean­while, pub­lichealth pre­pared­ness and re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity fund­ing de­creased by $102.3 mil­lion, or 11%, to $824.4 mil­lion as part of the spend­ing plan for the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion. “These cuts un­der­mine com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide and the lo­cal health de­part­ments that serve them,” Robert Pe­stronk, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of County and City Health Of­fi­cials, said in a news re­lease.

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