Medical Schools: Rehberg would “imperil research”

Schools “deeply concerned” about Congressman’s proposal

BILLINGS, Mont.—One of the oldest and largest associations representing medical colleges and teaching hospitals is laying into Congressman Dennis Rehberg for his recent cuts to medical research and training in a recent spending proposal.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is “deeply concerned about [Rehberg’s bill] and its proposed cuts.”

The spending plan that Rehberg introduced in his congressional committee makes detrimental cuts to medical and health service research and health workforce training.

“If enacted, this measure would impair the ability of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to conduct the groundbreaking research that improves the health of the American people and identifies ways to improve quality of care,” said Dr. Darrell G. Kirch President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Rehberg’s proposal places requirements on the National Institute of Health that the Association said would “stymie progress on life-saving research that leads to hope for better prediction and prevention of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimers.”  

The Association was particularly troubled by Rehberg’s decision to eliminate the agency responsible for initiatives that help patient safety, eliminate health disparities and provide other health research services. They said eliminating the agency would “devastate ongoing efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care.”

Read more about how Rehberg’s efforts to protect tax breaks for millionaires are hurting medical research and workforce training in the Association of American Medical Colleges full statement HERE.

Prominent groups across the nation are criticizing Rehberg’s bill: