Government R&D Funding Invaluable To Finding Disease Cures

Washington Post: Eradication of hepatitis C on the horizon
Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post columnist

“It’s an easy and reliable applause line for budget cutters to find some basic medical research and complain that it’s a complete waste of money, especially if those dollars are put up by taxpayers, as they often are. … One exception I recently read is an article by two physicians, Raymond T. Chung and Thomas F. Baumert, with the lofty title: ‘Curing Chronic Hepatitis C — The Arc of a Medical Triumph.’ Their analysis in an April issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows exactly how valuable such research and a cooperative government can be. … The result, Chung and Baumert say, is that ‘it may now be possible to imagine the global eradication of [hepatitis C]’ if issues of cost, early detection and re-infection can be overcome — a potential landmark in public health progress, brought about by the system created to accomplish just that” (5/12).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.