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Poll shows support for greater investment in medical research, innovation

U.S. adults are divided on whether the country is losing its edge on medical research and innovation, but 72 percent agree that spending more in this area will have a "significant long-term impact" on quality of life, employment and economic growth. That's according to a poll (.pdf) released yesterday by the Council of American Medical Innovation.

Among other highlights of the survey, as outlined in a release:

  • Around two-thirds of respondents said investing in medical innovation will "help prevent and cure diseases will ultimately lower overall health care costs."
  • Fifty-eight percent favored spending more on medical innovation and research "in order to address health problems such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease."
  • Forty-eight percent said the development of new treatments and cures was a top reason for ensuring the U.S. is a global leader in medical innovation.

Via Healthwatch

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