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Capitol Health Call
March 9, 2005

Health Hit in Proposed Budget

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1181-c

President Bush’s proposed federal budget of $2.57 trillion for fiscal year 2006 has some health leaders concerned about its impact on medical research.

While the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would see a budget increase of $58 billion to $642 billion, much of that increase is earmarked for mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Discretionary DHHS spending would fall $300 million to $68.9 billion, which would affect research-oriented agencies. Under the Bush proposal, National Institutes of Health funding would increase only 0.7% to $28.7 billion; funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would decrease 9% to $6.9 billion.

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