Support Is Greeted By Mixed Reactions Author: BARBARA SPECTOR, pp.1
Date: May 30,1994

Some observers regard the plea to Congress, signed by 156 organizations, as an urgently needed document, but others see flaws in it

A "consensus statement" advocating increased medical research funding by the United States government--endorsed by 156 institutions, associations, and companies and presented to Congress earlier this month --will be a significant addition to the national health-care-reform debate, say those who have signed the document. The signatories say its message will be particularly effective because such declarations are rarely made jointly by diverse sectors of the research community.

Some health-policy specialists agree with this assessment of the statement's importance, predicting that its language will likely appeal to President Clinton. But as the declaration was being delivered to members of Congress, objections to it were coming from several quarters.

A number of long-time health-policy watchers, for example, believe...

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