IOM panel recommends federal government take on AIDS expense for poor

05/14/2004 | NYTimes.com

An Institute of Medicine committee recommended the federal government cover the costs of HIV drugs for low-income Americans infected with AIDS, an effort estimated to cost $5.6 billion over the next 10 years. The panel said the investment, which also should include supportive care and replace state-level outlays, would save the country in the long run by reducing future health costs for the group.

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