Monday, February 14, 2005

How the state balanced the budget in 2003:

by cutting state services and subsequently stunting economic growth.


From a recent Houston Chronicle article

Health care cuts brought side effects: '03 slashes hurt Texas' economy, but facility closure isn't the answer, studies find



State health care budget cuts in 2003 cost the state economy as much as $16 billion in lost productivity, stunted employment growth by about 70,000 jobs and shifted at least $1.5 billion in costs to local taxpayers

...

Major cuts were made in state services in 2003 as lawmakers tried to balance a budget with a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes. This year state revenues are about adequate to maintain current services, but pressure is growing to restore almost $1 billion in health care cuts made two years ago while also recognizing the potential for growth in the client population.

The budget cut about 250,000 low-income children from the Children's Health Insurance Program and 365,000 more from health care coverage through Medicaid for the poor.

...

The hospital association study, which focused on state health care funding that impacts hospitals, found the cuts cost the state economy about $8.4 billion in the past two years and dramatically stunted job growth.

...

[The mental health study] said the cost to Texas runs to about $16 billion a year when the impact of inadequate care for 4 million mentally ill Texans and the effect on their families of lost time and work and wages is studied



1) Perryman's report for the Texas Hospital Association

2) Mental Health Association in Texas report [PDF]

5 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Health blog. It pretty much covers Dieting Health Fitness Exercise related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger George said...

Well, here's a refreshing new idea for you, Generate and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Generate

 
At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post I found the same suncoast schools federal credit union

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger job opportunitya said...

Creative blog. I just kept looking at it over and
over! Im always looking for blogs like this!
Please proceed to my plastic and reconstructive surgery blog when you find the time.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Steven said...

I dig your blog. How long has it been on-line? Reason I ask is I am doing a ton of research in the area of low cost health insurance oklahoma and will probably end up starting a blog of my own. Funny how the internet brought me here when I was doing searches on low cost health insurance oklahoma. Oh well, I am glad it did. Keep up the great blogging and I am sure I will visit your blog again!! I mean I know I will stop by again.
I also sent it off to a good friend of mine.

p.s added you to my favorites take a moment to stop by low cost health insurance oklahoma for I update it frequently

 

Post a Comment

<< Home