The projected NIH 2016 budget for ME/CFS research is $6 million, the same amount that is allotted for hay fever research.
The NIH estimates that the national economic burden of ME/CFS was $14 billion in healthcare expenditures and $37 billion in lost productivity in 2011. A reasonable investment in ME/CFS research could pay huge dividends.
ME/CFS may be a curable or treatable disease. Advocates are asking the NIH to allocate $250 million per year to make an honest effort to find answers to help the approximately one million Americans who suffer from the ravages ME/CFS.
"Chronic fatigue syndrome is a 'serious, debilitating' condition with a cluster of clear physical symptoms — not a psychological illness — a panel of experts reported Tuesday as it called for more research into a disease that may affect as many as 2.5 million Americans.
We just needed to put to rest, once and for all, the idea that this is just psychosomatic or that people were making this up, or that they were just lazy,' said Ellen Wright Clayton, a professor of pediatrics and law at Vanderbilt University, who chaired the committee of the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences." - Washington Post, Feb 10, 2015