US austerity program cuts are expected to hit non-profit hospital revenuesBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2311 (Published 11 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2311
- Michael McCarthy
Cuts in Medicare mandated by the federal fiscal austerity program known as sequestration will hit non-profit hospitals in the United States particularly hard, concludes a new analysis by Moody’s Investors Service, a bond credit rating business.1
The budget sequestration mandates around $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts over the next 10 years.
As part of those cuts, reimbursements from Medicare, the US health insurance plan for elderly people, will be cut 2% a year over planned spending levels.
The reductions, which came into effect on 1 April, are projected to cut revenues for hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers by $11bn (£7.2bn; €8.4bn) in 2013 alone.
Medicare reimbursements are the largest source of income for most hospitals; and in the non-profit hospitals that Moody’s rates …