The world’s top surgeons and health experts are urging the United States government to increase its spending on medical care, calling it a critical first step in a global health plan.
But as a bill that aims to keep Americans safe becomes more and more costly, the top medical experts and lawmakers in Congress say the federal government should keep the current level of spending low.
We are concerned that the current trajectory of spending could lead to continued high-cost conditions and chronic, unnecessary use of drugs, they said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
We believe that any increase in the current spending pattern will further destabilize our economy and could lead our country to a state of economic collapse.
Dr. James Breslow, president of the American Society of Nephrology and Stroke, is a vocal critic of the current federal funding pattern.
But he said it’s time for the United State to get serious about health care.
Breslow said the nation is not a democracy, and if we are to survive, we need a new funding model that focuses on health and wellness and not just military budgets.
He urged Trump to consider a new strategy for funding medical care and instead allocate $2.3 trillion over 10 years to pay for the healthcare system, with some $200 billion for preventive care and another $200 million for long-term care.
The letter was signed by several top medical and scientific leaders from around the world, including:The American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Molecular Biology and Biophysics, the World Health Organization, the International Society for Nephrology, the British Medical Association and the American Medical Women’s Association.
In addition, Dr. Peter T. Johnson, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called on the president to make an urgent request to Congress for $1.2 trillion over a decade to fund the United Nations Global Fund for AIDS Relief.
Johnson said the United Kingdom and Germany are the two countries that have made the greatest progress in HIV treatment.
But the World Bank is the largest recipient of U.S. taxpayer dollars in that sector, Johnson said.
The U.K. government recently agreed to increase funding for the program by $1 billion.
The president has said he wants to fund an increase of more than $200 a year.
But some Republicans are pushing for cuts in the program.