Federal Spending for Illness Caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Kessler, Austin R.
Stolec, Rhonda M.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Jun 15; 320(24): 1598-1603.
Total federal expenditures for HIV-related illness from 1982 to 1989 are estimated at $5.5 billion. Federal spending in 1989 is expected to reach $2.2 billion and is projected to rise to $4.3 billion in 1992. Levels of future federal spending remain uncertain, subject to effective treatment discovery, infection rates, budgetary concerns, and changing legal eligibility for private or public funds, but HIV-related spending is expected to comprise an increasingly larger percentage of the Public Health Service budget. Federal funding for HIV research and prevention currently is comparable to the amounts budgeted for other major diseases, most of which will continue to have far greater effects on U.S. mortality, yet some observers argue that even higher levels are appropriate because of the infectious nature of the disease, probable underreporting, great loss of life years involved, and the additional benefits to be achieved in understanding of other diseases such as cancer. (KIE abstract)
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