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April 27, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;114(17):1670-1671. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810170066012

THE TAFT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION PLAN  On April 18 Senator Taft of Ohio submitted to the Senate a plan for aiding states to build and operate needed hospital facilities, offered as a substitute for the Wagner-George bill. The Taft amendment is printed in full elsewhere in this issue (page 1676). It would provide that the federal government contribute, for a period of five years and from annual appropriations of $10,000,000, from 40 to 90 per cent of the cost of construction and improvement of hospitals the plans for which shall have been approved by a National Hospital Advisory Council to be appointed by the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service with the approval of the Administrator of the Federal Security Agency. The amendment recognizes that operating costs may well be an important consideration by providing for federal contributions for maintenance during the five year period, such contributions to be at

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