Trump Budget Cuts Funding to Medical Research, Puts Americans at Risk

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National Institute of Health and Others Facing Deep Cuts

The Trump budget for 2018 includes cutbacks on government funding to all of America’s biggest medical institutes that partake in research for disease control and prevention.

Under the new Trump budget, the federal government will slash funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by roughly 17%, equivalent to $1.3 billion.

The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be trimmed by $15.1 billion, or roughly 18%.

The National Institute of Health (NIH), in particular, will see almost a $6.0-billion budget cut. Of this, the National Cancer Institute would face $1.0 billion in budget cuts, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute would be hit with $575.0 million in reduced funding, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would lose $838.0 million in federal funding.

Likewise, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) informs that Trump’s budget cuts will reduce funding by more than 20% to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is similarly a federal agency that falls under the NIH.

In addition, the Children’s Health Insurance Program will also face a 20% funding cut in the next two years. Over 5.6 million children, mostly of lower-working class families, are reported to be insured under the program.

The new budget is being seen as a threat to Americans. Many view it as eventually causing an increase in illnesses, leading up to higher healthcare-related costs for Americans.

Following the budget announcement, Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the CDC, has gone on record to warn that the budget cuts to these medical institutes are expected to cause a spike in illnesses and deaths in Americans.

At the same time, the ADA is calling on Congress to reject the proposed budget cuts. The ADA has warned that the budget cuts to diabetes research and related programs could impact as many as 116 million Americans.

The funding cuts to these institutions will stifle research on finding treatments to diabetes and similar diseases. This will further hurt Americans living at a risk of contracting these diseases.

 

Sources:

ADA, ES Issue Alarm Over Trump Budget Cuts,” Medscape, May 31,

2017.“Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention,” The Washington Post, May 23, 2017.

 

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