The elected representatives of the United States are about to do medicine on a nationwide, even global scale: In fact, by allowing sequestration to impose enormous spending cuts on March 1, the politicians will be committing malpractice—forcing the shutdown of critically important public-health, surveillance, and research programs.
A report by Research!America, Sequestration: Health Research at the Breaking Point, details the expected impact. Click through to download the complete report as a PDF. Among the consequences of a 7.8 per cent sequester cut:
$2.39 billion from the National Institutes of Health, as much as the NIH spent in 2011 on hundreds of rare and common diseases including West Nile virus, hepatitis A and B, and cerebral palsy.
$445 million from the CDC, more than the $426 million CDC spent in 2011 on its immunization grant program, which support reduction of vaccine-preventable disease and infrastructure for dissemination, surveillance, and outbreak control.
$538 milion from the National Science Foundation, almost 75 per cent of the NSF 2011 budget for all research in biological sciences.