Some bright spots in FY2012 budget

By Jamie Gregorian

While AAOS members were attending the Annual Meeting, President Obama released his budget for the 2012 fiscal year (FY). Although the final budget will look very different after the House Republican leadership has its say, some of the most relevant proposals are good news.

30,000-foot view
The $3.7 trillion budget blueprint for FY2012 would impose a 5-year freeze on domestic discretionary programs and trim or terminate $33 billion from more than 200 federal programs. However, it also includes significant national investments in agencies and programs critical to the healthcare community. For example, the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would increase 3.4 percent over FY 2010 to $32 billion, while the budget for the National Science Foundation would increase 13 percent over FY 2010 to $7.8 billion.

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