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How sequester may impact medical issues

7:00 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --  According to the Obama administration, the sequester would cut $1.1 million from public health. That's the money used to help during infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters and terrorism threats.

More than $3 million would be cut to Ohio's mental health and substance abuse programs. Programs that are already cash strapped in Northeast Ohio.

Mental health programs help both adults and children and could result in more hospitalizations. It's estimated the cuts would cause 4,200 fewer people admitted to substance abuse programs statewide.

And $344,000 would be cut to the state's vaccine program for kids, meaning more than 5,000 kids in need would not be able to get their immunizations.

Cleveland is fast becoming a medical Mecca but millions of dollars for research grants may be cut impacting the future of medical treatments.

Also, the biomedical device companies that are popping up may stall as cuts to research and innovation may cause 12,000 scientists nationwide to lose their jobs.

WKYC-TV

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