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Apr
15

Sequestration’s impact on health care

For most, the federal budget sequestration (that’s the event, sequester is the verb, as in “to sequester, thanks Gary) has yet to make itself felt.

For some, it’s all too real; one person’s waste is another person’s livelihood.

Here’s a few ways the sequestration stalemate in Washington is affecting health care.

So, what does this mean for you?

Well, reduced reimbursement for hospitals, doctors, and drug companies may mean more cost shifting to privately insured patients.

That’s the macro issue.  On a personal level, cuts will affect individuals relying on free vaccinations, wages from medical research funded by NIH, Medicare reimbursement for their salaries, jobs for newly graduated nurses, and residency programs for newly-minted MDs.

There will also be a long-term, downstream impact that we won’t feel for some years – the FBI will not have any new agent classes for at least two years.  That’s not good for health care fraud investigations.  


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Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates

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