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Federal Health Appropriations Hit New High.—
Congress last year appropriated almost $6 billion for various federal health activities, $375 million more than the previous year.If Congress had approved the Administration's request for redevelopment and accelerated public works programs—both of which provided some funds for health programs—the overall increase would have been swelled by another $243.9 million.The breakdown on federal spending in the health area was prepared by the Legislative Department of the American Medical Association's Legislative Division. It is the only such detailed compilation made.Not included in the report are payments made to persons because of disability through programs financed entirely or in part by the federal government. The beneficiaries of such programs total 6,992,034—an increase of 104,983 over last year. Payments during the current fiscal year which ends July 1 are expected to total $6,066,367,000—an increase of $277,389,000.Top federal health spender is, of course, the
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