Policy & Politics
San Francisco Health Dept. Proposes Reducing Some HIV/AIDS Services as Part of Potential $25 Million Cut in FY 2005-2006 Budget
March 29, 2005
San Francisco Department of Public Health officials on Friday proposed as much as $25 million in budget cuts for fiscal year 2005-2006, including cuts in funding for services for people living with HIV/AIDS, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Although the health department's $1 billion budget is expected to increase by $33 million in FY 2005-2006, inflation, new regulations and fixed costs will require officials to make budget cuts, according to the Chronicle. San Francisco Director of Public Health Dr. Mitch Katz proposed two tiers of budget cuts: an initial $14.7 million cut and a second $10 million cut to be implemented only if Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) determines it is necessary to close the city's $102 million budget deficit. As part of the initial reduction, case management for HIV/AIDS patients would be cut and more HIV-positive people would have to pay out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Cuts contingent on the status of the city's budget deficit include potential layoffs of public health nurses who provide in-home treatment of patients with chronic illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS; the complete closure of one neighborhood health center; and the reduction by one day per week of the services of other neighborhood health centers.
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