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March 1, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(9):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080090101057

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Regional Centers.—  The Administration was asked to make cost estimates for its proposed national network of medical complexes for research and treatment of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other major diseases.Sen Lister Hill (D,Ala), chairman of a Senate Labor and Public Welfare Subcommittee on Health, told witnesses that the two major considerations before Congress are the cost of the plan and how it would be administered.Anthony Celebrezze, secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, testifying before the subcommittee, said it would be unrealistic to predict costs beyond the $50 million sought for the first year. Sen Jacob K. Javits (R,NY) said it would be unwise for Congress to vote for a program with an open-end commitment for four years. Sen Edward Kennedy (D, Mass) said it would be difficult to defend the bill on the floor of the Senate without more adequate cost information.An unofficial

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