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September 4, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(1):76-77. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010078014

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For the school year 1948-1949 the budgets of the medical schools total $51,000,000, which is an increase of $8,000,000 over the total for the year 1947-1948. More than $6,000,000 of the increase can be considered as representing additional funds available to medical schools. The balance is accounted for by differences in the methods of computing the budgets for the two periods in question. Despite the increase in funds, the need for additional financial support continues to be one of the most important problems facing the medical schools. To stabilize their present programs and undertake essential new developments, the schools estimate that they will require additional operating funds total ing about $15,000,000 annually.

Until recent years, the financial problems of medical schools have been given little publicity. It is doubtful that either the public or the medical profession have fully realized that tuition covers only a fraction of the cost of

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