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February 7, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(6):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060009002

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Record Health Budget.—  President Johnson estimated that federal payments next fiscal year for health services, medical research, training, and related activities, including the medicare program, would reach $6.1 billion.This would be an increase of $3.6 billion over the current 12 months.Among other things, President Johnson proposed in his budget message expanded efforts to find cures for cancer, heart disease, and other major illnesses, a new attack on air and water pollution, added protection for consumer against substandard food and drugs, and improved maternal and child care for the needy.Mental health also would get increased emphasis.President Johnson noted that the medicare costs would be financed out of the increased social security taxes which went into effect for workers and their employers Jan 1 and would not be reflected in the familiar administrative budget which excludes such trust funds.He said these outlays would include $2.4 billion for

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