Nation: Stunning Sums

The cost of helping the nation's victims of disease and misfortune is high. Every time HEW provides a life-saving dialysis for one of its 40,000 patients with impaired kidneys, it spends $146.79; each patient costs $22,900 a year. Each of the 442,000 disadvantaged youngsters being prepared for school through Head Start costs the Government $ 1,604 a year. Each of the 21.5 million Americans on Medicaid costs HEW an average of $532 annually.

The sums needed by HEW are so huge in fact that the Niagara of dollars that flows out to Americans can be rendered comprehensible only when placed, quite unfairly,...

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