TMA Statement: Steep Cuts in House Budget. Steep Price to Pay

  

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2011

   

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The following can be attributed to Susan R. Bailey, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Bailey’s statement pertains to the Texas House of Representatives’ budget proposals being considered Thursday. 


 “Texas physicians urge our state representatives to consider carefully the impact of the dramatic cuts in their proposed budget. Texas physicians understand that the state’s historic budget shortfall requires spending reductions, but the bill set to be debated this week will hurt the foundation of Texas’ health care infrastructure. The devastating cuts will translate into far fewer Texans being able to obtain cost-effective community mental health services or life-saving medications for the management of HIV/AIDS. More frail seniors and people with disabilities will be forced to forego services they need to keep them in their own homes, while more children will end up in foster care because Texas did not invest in early intervention programs. The state’s physician shortage will get even worse for failure to provide funds needed to train Texas’ medical school graduates in Texas. And steep cuts in Medicaid physician payments will mean millions of Texas patients will have a Medicaid card but limited access to care. Ultimately, all Texans will pay the price.

“The House of Representatives must take steps to ensure Texas can maintain its ability to care for our most vulnerable patients ― children, seniors, and people with disabilities and mental illnesses. If lawmakers choose to shut the door on these patients’ ability to obtain cost-effective care, local taxpayers will be stuck picking up the cost but at a much higher price. Texas physicians and our patients urge lawmakers to use the necessary dollars from the Rainy Day Fund and other revenue streams to protect the basic infrastructure for ensuring all Texans can get the care they need. Doing anything less is pennywise and pound foolish.”

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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