Basic Biomedical Research

A Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • H. Hugh Fudenberg


Data analyzed in a previous volume of this series1 strongly suggested that investment of federal funds in basic biomedical research results not only in fiscal benefits to American taxpayers, but also in improvements in the quality of health care available to them. By analyzing the dollar savings from fundamental research findings in the past which eventually led to improvements in health care (e.g., new, better, and less costly methods for diagnosis, treatment, prophylaxis, and/or eradication of disease), I estimated that taxpayers are currently saving $20–$30 yearly for each dollar spent 5–20 years ago on basic biomedical research in just one area, immunology.2


Sickle Cell Anemia Pneumococcal Pneumonia Paralytic Poliomyelitis Basic Biomedical Research Fiscal Benefit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Hugh Fudenberg
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  1. 1.Deaprtment of Basic and Clinical Immunology and MicrobiologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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