AMA finances in black again

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 4, 2006

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The American Medical Association expects $18.5 million in operating profits in 2006, marking the seventh year straight that the Association has posted operating profits.

That trend is expected to continue in 2007, with the AMA expecting a $10.7 million operating profit next year, according to numbers released at the Association's Interim Meeting in November.

This year's expected $18.5 million in operating profits is nearly double the $9.5 million originally forecasted, according to the AMA's 2007 Budget Book. Higher publishing and business service revenue increases and lower variable costs of products sold and selling expenses are expected to account for part of that gain. Membership dues revenues are expected to decrease about 3% in 2006 compared with 2005, which means about $1.5 million less than budgeted. But expenses in that area were $1.8 million less than planned, because not all of the money budgeted for marketing and promotional expenses was spent.

By 2007, dues revenue is projected to increase by 1.7%, and publishing and business services revenues are expected to go up by 2.5%.

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