A Policy for Investment in Biomedical Research

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Science  04 Oct 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4158, pp. 27-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4158.27


Given a continuation of the current approach toward the managing and funding of research across the spectrum of disciplines basic to health, the country is headed for stultification and possible social disaster. Health care delivery should be considered as a science-based social industry and managed accordingly. Stability and adequate relation of the research effort to the industry's output should be sought. The establishment of a trust fund, derived as a percentage of health revenues, and of a public commission or a board of directors to provide expert advice on its expenditures are suggested.