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January 20, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;127(3):162. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030034012

FEDERAL HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM  An appropriation of $110,000,000 is suggested in a bill pending in Congress to assist states in the construction of hospitals and related facilities. The bill, S. 191, was introduced January 10 by Senator Hill of Alabama for himself and Senator Burton of Ohio. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Labor, of which Senator Murray of Montana is chairman. Of the total federal appropriation suggested, $5,000,000 will be available to assist states to inventory existing hospitals, to survey the need and to develop a program for new construction. An additional $5,000,000 will be available to cover the administrative expenses in carrying out state plans. The remainder will be used, if the legislation is enacted in its present form, for construction purposes. On a federal level the program will be under the direction and supervision of the Surgeon General of the U. S. Public

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