If enacted, the effect of sequestrationâor across-the-board cuts in fundingâwill have a devastating impact on research to improve health. To that end, Research!America's most recent publication, "Sequestration: Health Research at the Breaking Point," helps demonstrate what could be lost if sequestration takes effect in January 2013.
Assuming a conservative, 7.8% budget cut, the report identifies budget items that are equivalent to the cut across five government agencies: the National Institutesof Health, the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention, the Agency forHealthcare Research and Quality, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
For example, each of the following is roughly equivalent to the amount due to be lost by sequester at their respective agencies:
- Nearly half the entire budget of the National CancerInstitute;
- Funding for the CDC's Vaccines for Children program in 22 states and the District of Columbia;
- More than the total AHRQ spent on advancing health IT;
- Nearly all that the FDA spent on reviewing and approving biologics;
- And more than the NSF spent on all undergraduate educational support programs.
The report also features comments from the heads of the five agencies represented: AHRQ's Carolyn Clancy, MD; NIH's Francis Collins, MD, PhD; CDC's Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH; FDA's Margaret Hamburg, MD; and NSF's Subra Suresh, MS, ScD. There are also testimonials on the potential impact of sequester from the perspectives of a patient advocate (Alex Silver of the Jackson Gabriel Silver Foundation), a researcher (Keith Yamamoto,PhD, of the University of California,San Francisco, and a Research!America Board member) and a representative from industry (Bob McNally, PhD, of GeoVax, Inc.).
To download the report, visit www.researchamerica.org/sequestrationreport.