Blog | Friday, December 8, 2017

They will never stop ...


… trying to kill the Prevention and Public Health fund. We've blogged about this before, here, here, here, here, here, and sadly, again in this post.

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is a good thing—but decided to pay for it with cuts to Medicare and with a huge slash to the Prevention and Public Health fund, which is a very bad thing that will harm many effective prevention efforts. Here is a list of what this fund supports, including expansion of laboratory capacity to detect and respond to emerging infections and antimicrobial resistance, and improvement of state public health infrastructure to detect and prevent healthcare-associated infections across all health care settings.

Meanwhile, our Congress is also planning a massive reduction in corporate taxes with no plan to pay for it (besides adding to the deficit).

Priorities!

Daniel J. Diekema, MD, FACP, practices infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, and hospital epidemiology in Iowa City, Iowa, splitting time between seeing patients with infectious diseases, diagnosing infections in the microbiology laboratory, and trying to prevent infections in the hospital. This post originally appeared at the blog Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention.