To the Editor Dr Emanuel’s recent article1 brought awareness to the decline in NIH funding. However, the conclusion that the NIH must focus research only on cost-lowering, quality-improving interventions was based on flawed premises. This conclusion, if accepted, may obscure the true reasons for increased health care spending, higher federal deficits, and lower NIH budgets.
Ma SS. Reductions in Funding for Medical Research. JAMA. 2013;310(8):854-855. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.170804