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FEDERAL MEDICAL SPENDING

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270041015.
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In this issue (page 1023) is the third annual report on federal health spending prepared by the Washington Office of the American Medical Association. The report lists the appropriations for federal medical spending for this year and last year, plus funds carried over, and gives a breakdown of the expenditures based on estimates furnished by the various departments. Some 20 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions have budgets for medical spending amounting to a total for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, of more than 2.2 billion dollars, a new high, and an increase of 6.4% over last year. This total is about 15 times the amount needed to maintain Congress and the federal courts and four times more than is spent by either the Labor Department or the Post Office Department. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare budget shows a 32% increase over last year, a new high,

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