Breitbart News has learned that President Donald Trump’s first major health care bill is poised to include an array of surgical kits and supplies, including “surge” supplies.
The Trump administration unveiled its first bill Monday, and according to The Hill, it includes a provision that allows “surgeons to prescribe up to 3,000 doses of the [surgery] kits.”
The “surges” are a new concept in Trump’s vision for his administration, and while they are unlikely to be included in a final product, it is a step in the right direction.
The medical kits are expected to include procedures such as skin grafts, spinal fusion, and even an “open heart surgery” for “surgical incisions that can be made without incisions or other surgical procedures.”
The kits, the Hill reported, are expected “to be delivered by the end of this year, in batches of 50,000 per month.”
The Hill also reported that “surgeon kits would also include an assortment of devices, supplies and equipment for anesthesiologists, surgeons, and nurses, as well as tools, supplies, and equipment to assist in the operation of emergency room facilities.”
The kit provision was added to the bill, as part of a broader “surgery and related supplies” package, that Trump is pushing through the Senate.
The “emergency” provision is a controversial one.
“This is not an emergency, it’s a medical emergency,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Monday.
“It’s not a health emergency.
And it’s not an issue for us.”
While some medical groups have voiced concern about the surge provision, Schumer insisted that it was not intended to be a major medical breakthrough for Trump.
“What this is about is a surgeon kit,” Schumer said.
“We have a doctor here in the Senate, we have a surgeon, and we’re going to be able to prescribe a kit.”
He continued, “This does not create a new class of surgical supplies.
This is not a new category of medical supplies.
But we’re not going to have to worry about this.”
The surge provision has been under consideration since Trump was sworn into office, but it came into focus during his first month in office.
The provision is one of several Trump has proposed in his first 100 days that would expand access to the medical supplies that are widely considered essential to the healthcare system.
According to the Center for Health Security, more than half of all healthcare spending in the United States is spent on the supplies and procedures that can help a person survive in an emergency.
“In a crisis, a doctor might be able [to] order a kit, but they won’t be able in the same way in a normal day,” John Holahan, an emergency medicine physician at Johns Hopkins University, told the Hill.
“If you are an emergency room doctor in a hospital, they can’t order a package of supplies because there is no one to provide it to.”
According to The Washington Post, Trump has made clear that he intends to use the crisis to push the “surprise” of an opioid crisis that has hit the U.S. economy hard.
“You don’t have a crisis like this in our country without something,” he said during a press conference on Jan. 26.
“I think we have to have a surprise.
And we’ve got to have an infusion of resources.”
The president’s proposed plan is expected to be voted on by Congress later this week, and is expected in the coming weeks to pass the House and Senate.
For more information about the administration’s new proposal, read our previous coverage.