President Bush’s proposed federal budget of $2.57 trillion for
fiscal year 2006 has some health leaders concerned about its impact on medical
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.
Mitka M. Health Hit in Proposed Budget. JAMA. 2005;293(10):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1181-c
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