NOT ENOUGH DOCS
IF FEDERAL OFFICIALS CUT FUNDING, YOUR OWN MEDICAL CARE WILL LIKELY SUFFER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Debt ceilings and budget woes have Congress eying all sorts of programs to cut. Edward Miller, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says there's one federally funded program that shouldn't be cut.
MILLER: Funding for medical education is on the cutting board right now. Indirect medical education costs is the big worry. If that is cut severely, hospitals will be required to reduce the number of residents and interns that are working in the hospital, therefore there will not be enough physicians to care for the people that are coming into the system both by the graying of America that we have and by the Obama reform act where another 16 million will have insurance. :33
Miller says we will all bear the brunt of spending cuts for medical education in the form of severely truncated availability of medical care, and he encourages everyone to write and call their Congressmen. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.