Doctors say food stamp cuts will result in higher healthcare costs

BY newsdesk  January 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM EST

The government could be paying higher health bills over time if they cut food stamps, according to doctors lobbying the government, the Associated Press reports.

The doctors say the results will not be apparent immediately, but with time, the poor will end up in doctor’s offices. As Congress looks for a compromise on a farm bill that’s expected to include food stamp cuts, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, doctors warn that hunger will cause diabetes and developmental problems for young children.

“If you’re interested in saving healthcare costs, the dumbest thing you can do is cut nutrition,” Dr. Deborah Frank of Boston Medical Center, who founded the Children’s HealthWatch pediatric research institute, told the AP. “People don’t make the hunger-health connection.”