The House Commerce Committee approved the "Partnership in Health" Bill authorizing $525 million for four-year expansion of grants for a variety of state health services, and another $200 million for experimental programs in improving medical care and reducing hospital costs.
The House Committee voted to license clinical laboratories after hearing testimony that results reported by such laboratories were wrong on one test in four.
The bill would cover some 1,000 laboratories operating in interstate commerce, which would be required to meet standards set by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. However, it would not cover hospital laboratories nor some 400 interstate laboratories.
The Committee also gave final approval to an addition of the bill, proposed by Rep Richard L. Ottinger (D, NY), authorizing $58 million in emergency grants over one year for the nation's neediest hospitals.
Ottinger proposed the amendment after a US Public Health Service survey said 143