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- Ruple J. Galani, MD⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Jacksonville Heart Center, 14546 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32258
I read with great interest the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) summary paper by Lauer (1) regarding funding received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I was surprised at the $10.4 billion that was allocated from the Recovery Act for the National Institutes of Health. According to Lauer (1), one-tenth of this money went to the NHLBI. He goes on to explain the particular division of the money within the NHLBI for 2-year projects. However, the Recovery Act was touted by the President as needed funding for the American economy and as a way of creating “shovel ready” jobs within months to a year. Out of the funds received and that have been spent, does the NHLBI have a way of tracking each job created from this spending? What jobs were truly created from immediate funding of research projects (i.e., “shovel ready”)? Who is accountable and responsible for honestly and accurately tracking jobs created from NHLBI Recovery Act funds? As with the construction road signs that advertise Recovery Act spending at work, will publications that arise from this funding be “advertised” or tracked?
As a physician, I support more research and innovation in medicine. As a taxpayer, the funding received by the National Institutes of Health and NHLBI from the Recovery Act, in my opinion, will do very little to help create meaningful employment opportunities and economic recovery for the entire nation.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation