Effects on Healthcare of the U.S. Government Shutdown — Physician’s First Watch

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October 2, 2013

Effects on Healthcare of the U.S. Government Shutdown

By Kelly Young

The U.S. government shut down on Tuesday. Here is a quick sampling of how healthcare is affected:

  • The FDA will continue emergency work involving human safety, such as high-risk recalls, and civil and criminal law enforcement. But regular inspections and lab research are on hold.

  • The CDC is unable to run its influenza-tracking program. Tracking of other infectious diseases is also on hold.

  • The CDC published this week's MMWR ahead of schedule and won't resume publication until the shutdown ends.

  • The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center will not be accepting new patients for clinical trials. Ongoing clinical trials will continue.

  • Enrollments in the new health insurance exchanges (www.healthcare.gov or 800-318-2596), which began on Tuesday and are the source of much of the political rancor, were not halted by the shutdown because they rely on different streams of funding.

Reader Comments (3)

Nancy Brough Other Healthcare Professional, Neurology, Retired

Despicable doesn't even begin to cover the definition of the behavior of our so-called "representatives". They're still getting paid and still have all their healthcare needs met.
With over 20% of our children living in poverty (and many who rely on food stamps and Head Start), the additional PREVENTABLE stress on families will tip them further into the abyss of poverty.
It will be interesting to see the fallout from the shutdown. What effect will it have on the suicide rate. What about disabled children who desperately need the interventions provided by Head Start? How about working-poor parents who depend on HS for childcare and will need to stay home to care for their kids and won't be able to work? How about children who depend on school breakfast and lunch services?
I'd like to see the people who shut down the government to live like the "other half" for a month-- just a month-- to see what it's like to struggle, because they certainly have zero clue as to what that entails. I don't think any of them have any empathy, remorse, or shame, for that matter. They're all a bunch of sociopaths. SHAME ON THEM!!!!!

cece rider papadakis Other Healthcare Professional, Family Medicine/General Practice, Eureka Family Practice

It would appear that Barack Obama's inability to compromise with congress and house representatives was ILL ADVISED!!!

Joseph Wildman, MD Physician, Hematology

The problem is that patients will not DO the exercise; they MAY take the drugs.

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