Navigation Links
U.S. Research Funding Continues to Flatten as U.S. Health Costs Climb - in August 31 Science
Date:8/30/2007

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Total U.S. investment in health-related research grew by a modest 4.2% from 2005 to 2006, significantly slower than the 6.8% increase in U.S. health costs, according to a report released today by Research!America. The report is covered in the August 31 issue of Science.

The nation spent approximately $116 billion last year on research to find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent disease and disability. This represents a decrease relative to total health costs. For every dollar spent on health overall, 5.5 cents went to research in 2006, the smallest portion since 2001. This decline continues a trend that started in 2005, following a flattening in federal research spending that began in 2004.

"The importance of federal research investment in priming the pipeline for other sources of research funding cannot be underestimated," said the Honorable John Edward Porter, chair of Research!America. "The U.S. government's contributions to basic science have made our nation the world leader in medical and scientific discovery -- a position at risk if federal funding does not keep pace at least with biomedical inflation."

The Research!America report, "2006 Investment in U.S. Health Research," finds that spending by sector on health-related research was flat or rose just slightly from 2005:

-- The combined health research budgets of the National Institutes of

Health (NIH) and other federal agencies were essentially flat from 2005

to 2006, maintaining a trend that began in 2004.

-- In 2006, the largest federal agency that funds health-related research,

the NIH, saw its budget remain flat for the third year in a row, at

$28.5 billion.

-- Industry R&D spending, which has for several years exceeded federal

sources, increased only slightly from $61 billion in 2005 to $64.5

billion in 2006. However, this growth is overshadowed by the fact that

a leveling out of public funding has in the past led to a leveling out

of private funding.

-- Health research funded by universities, independent research

institutes, voluntary health associations, foundations and state and

local governments combined remained nearly flat between 2005 and 2006,

at $13.7 billion in 2006 and almost $13 billion in 2005.

"With an aging generation of baby boomers, new health challenges linked to globalization, and an obesity epidemic, we cannot afford to let this trend continue," said Mary Woolley, president of Research!America. "Americans see science as important to our health, competitiveness, education system, and standard of living -- our nation's leaders need to fund research accordingly."

The report was compiled by Stacie Propst, PhD, senior director of science policy, and Emily Connelly, manager of science policy, for Research!America.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, it is supported by more than 500 member organizations, which represent more than 125 million Americans.

Ms. Woolley and Dr. Propst are available for further comment.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Research!America
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Kidney Stones - Interesting New Research implicates bacteria as its cause
2. Stem cell research- now Nobel Laureates join the debate
3. Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery
4. Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre
5. Spouses and other partners lower blood pressure says new research
6. Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids
7. Ecstasy shrinks brain!!-researchers unveil the secrets of MDMA.
8. Research of Ritalin
9. New Hair in 15 Days Could Now Be A Possibility Say Researchers
10. Researchers at Cornell University as been reported using research fund by false claims
11. Better Research Rats To Help In Learning About Hypertension
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) , ... October 13, ... ... owned firm with locations throughout Arkansas that offers insurance and financial preparation services, ... to benefit the Rock City Rescue organization. , Rock City Rescue is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition Company, is ... to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market by reducing ... easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , The team ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse ... Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, ... quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare ... (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing franchisors and ... flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, in January of ... Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it to serve both ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... -- Halo Labs announces the European launch of their new low ... MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K on October ... biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less ... Imaging. ... analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... -- Commended for their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions ... in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and ... the national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that ... be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in ... receive his award in October, Bardisa said of the three ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) ... letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely active ... clinical data are needed to further evaluate the safety ... active RA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: