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Many bills of interest to the medical profession have been advancing in Congress.The controversial $6 billion medicare bill has passed the House and is now being considered behind closed doors by the Senate Finance Committee following three weeks of public hearings.The next most important medical bill on Capitol Hill is the Administration's $1 billion program to set up regional and local medical complexes for research, training, and demonstrations of patient care for heart disease, cancer, stroke, and "other major diseases." Although a Senate Labor and Public Welfare Subcommittee held hearings on the plan earlier this year, it is still hung up in the subcommittee reportedly because of differences of opinion within the Administration over what federal branch should administer the program. An amendment offered by Senator Long (D, La) relates to inventions and copyrights developed with federal funds. There has been considerable opposition to the program on
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