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Comment & Response
August 28, 2013

Reductions in Funding for Medical Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Mr Ma is now an MBA student at Duke University Fuqua School of Business
JAMA. 2013;310(8):854-855. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.170804

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.