Blog | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

QD: News Every Day--President's budget shuffles health care spending

More details are available about President Obama's proposed federal budget, including details on how health agencies will receive more money, less money or new priorities for spending.

Cards shuffling by flicktoast via FlickrThe budget proposes to extend current Medicare payment rates to physicians for two more years. And, it proposes specifics on how to cover that cost, by tightening spending and using more generic drugs.

While Health and Human Services Department spending would decline by 2% to $892 billion (the first decline in 20 years), its two largest entitlement programs, Medicare and Medicaid, remain unchecked.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's overall budget would rise from $10.8 billion to $11.2 billion. More money would shift toward mandatory programs for childhood vaccinations, domestic HIV/AIDS programs and diabetes or smoking cessation. Its discretionary spending budget would be reduced from $6.5 billion to $5.9 billion, for programs in occupational safety and health, environmental health and state disaster planning.

The National Institutes of Health's budget would rise from $31.3 billion to $32.3 billion, with moneys shifting toward biomedical research.

And the FDA budget would increase FDA spending to $2.7 billion for FDA, with an emphasis on increasing food safety and supplies of medicine, medical equipment and blood.