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State, local agencies provide outlet for medical suppliers

Austin Business Journal (Internet / Print) 03/20/06 State agencies and public universities in Texas spent more than $635 million on medical supplies and services last year. That is an eye-catching amount when one realizes that this represents only two governmental sectors in the state. The medical products and services market sector is not only large, it is extremely diversified. While state agencies spent $546 million on medical supplies alone in 2005, an additional $88 million was spent on services such as diagnostics and ambulance contracting. Three of the largest state government spenders -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, UT's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and UT's Health Science Center at Houston -- are all located in Houston. Among the Top 5 big spenders on medical supplies and services for 2005 was the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with $178 million.

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