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March 18, 1968


JAMA. 1968;203(12):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140120103052

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President Johnson Proposes Increased Medical Spending  President Johnson sent congress a special message on health that stressed lower costs under government health programs, more aid for maternal and child health programs, and increased spending on medical manpower programs.The often-postponed message included a request for the Health, Education, and Welfare secretary to reorganize health programs in the department, but notably missing was a specific request for the detailed reorganization already drawn up that would have established an under secretary of health and abolished the commissioned corps of the US Public Health Service.A major new proposal in the message was for "reasonable cost" standards to cover federal reimbursement of drug costs under medicare, medicaid, and the maternal and child health programs. A presidential spokesman said the Administration believes that drug companies would reduce their price lists to avoid losing their share of the welfare market.The President said: "The