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Senate passes US stimulus plan, comparative effectiveness still in

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The US Senate has passed its version of the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama is hoping with reinvigorate the economy. The bill includes $1.1bn to establish a comparative effectiveness institute. The institute would make recommendations to doctors about medical products based on a comparison of the products. It is widely seen as an attempt to ration healthcare spending, which, in the US, exceeded the symbolic $2 trillion mark in 2006.

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