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COLLEEN M. SPECHT v102nq9f at ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu
Thu Jun 1 06:59:27 EST 1995

In article <3qiufc$i2c at charm.magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu>, plaudrup at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu (Peter Laudrup) writes:
>It is argued that research is an investment and will be paid back
>as the cost of treatment goes down. I need help here: isn't
>treatment a private (/insurance) issue?

medicare and medicaid are public subsidies, and lofty ones at that.

>I think the scientific community will be far better off facing
>the facts. There will be a cut - let's try to make it a 'good'
>one. If we turned to our representatives and agreed that a 10%
>cut is fair, we will carry our load in this matter, and then
>argued that the freeze on future funding might be hard to deal
>with, I think our voice would be respected more. A serious
>negotiation instead of a headless protest. In this way it would
>be possible to push for legislation that encourage the suggested
>private investments.

hmmm.... this is  a good point.  when, though, would it be an effective thing
to do? (and who will represent us?)

>Let us then turn our efforts inside. A lot of expensive equipment
>is idle in one lab, while another lab is buying new. We could
>optimize the scientific process, which would speed up progress
>and probably save about 10%.

excellent suggestion, peter!!  although it is my understanding that
universities already keep record of all the equiptment bought for labs (not
necessaritly off of private grants) for this purpose.  am i right about this
(does anyone know?).  i am just wondering if there is a poorly managed system
in place or no system whatsoever.

colleen specht

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