CHICAGO—A five-year study by the American Medical Association and 171 other public and private organizations to influence the future of health care policy in the United States has recommended a 10 percent annual increase in NIH funding, tax breaks for pharmaceutical and other companies that conduct biomedical research and increased cooperative ventures between universities and private industry.

The report's findings were summarized here February 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the complete report, titled "A Health Planning Agenda for the American People," was unveiled one week later at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

The report covers six major areas of health care policy, including medical science, and contains proposals based on 159 principles of health care. The AMA has spent $7 million on the project since it was begun in 1982, and has collected an additional $5 million from other professional...

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