Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Most Say Federally Funded Basic Research is Important to Private Sector Innovation

Dear Research Advocate,

Dear Research Advocate,

January 31, 2013

Dear Research Advocate,

Poll Reveals Deep Concerns Among Americans about Impact of Spending Cuts to Medical Research

Dear Research Advocate,

Dear Research Advocate,

So it’s not a big deal if patients skip a pill or two? On the contrary. Several studies have looked at the issue and the range of their findings is exceptionally broad. One thing that cannot be disputed: The cost is extraordinary. On the low end of the range, the lack of adherence to medications costs the U.S. health care system $100 billion annually in direct costs.

The high end: $289 billion.

The reasons are obvious: In the absence of therapies, diseases and conditions aren’t slowed or defeated.

Dear Research Advocate,

As you know, the Republican Party Platform was unveiled Tuesday during the convention in Tampa. There are direct references to medical and health research and other statements that ’€” if not explicit ’€” definitely imply the need for such research. We can draw from both to enhance our advocacy efforts.

The following exemplifies the direct and indirect nature of the platform’€™s embrace of medical and health research:

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