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March 4, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;227(9):989-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230220001001

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New federal budget provides slightly more money for medical research  The steadily rising costs of Medicare and Medicaid will take most of the $3 billion increase the administration proposes for the health section of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) budget for the coming fiscal year.Smaller increases are proposed for research in cancer and heart disease: $73 million more for the National Cancer Institute, $23 million more for the National Heart and Lung Institute.Generally, however, the proposed budgets for the other National Institutes of Health and for much of the federal health sector are close to the amounts Congress appropriated for the 1974 fiscal year that began last summer.Outlays for federal health programs are estimated at $26.3 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Biomedical research would get $2.6 billion —up from $2.4 billion last year. This includes about $600 million for cancer research, and