PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 958-AUG. 13, 1946 Minimum; certifi- cation. Repayment. Distribution of beds. Maximum allow- ance. Beds for tubercu- lons, etc., patients. "ALLOTMENTS TO STATES "SEC. 613. (a) Each State for which a State application under section 612 has been approved shall be entitled to an allotment of such proportion of any appropriation made pursuant to section 611 as its population bears to the population of all the States, and within such allotment it shall be entitled to receive 331/3 per centum of its expendi- tures in carrying out the purposes of section 601 (a) in accordance with its application: Provided, That no such allotment to any State shall be less than $10,000. The Surgeon General shall from time to time estimate the sum to which each State will be entitled under this section, during such ensuing period as he may determine, and shall thereupon certify to the Secretary of the Treasury the amount so estimated, reduced or increased, as the case may be, by any sum by which the Surgeon General finds that his estimate for any prior period was greater or less than the amount to which the State was entitled for such period. The Secretary of the Treasury shall thereupon, prior to audit or settlement by the General Accounting Office, pay to the State, at the time or times fixed by the Surgeon General, the amount so certified. " (b) Any funds paid to a State under this section and not expended for the purposes for which paid shall be repaid to the Treasury of the United States. "PART C-CoNsTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS AND RELATED FACILITIES 4"AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS "SEC. 621. In order to assist the States in carrying out the purposes of section 601 (b) there is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1947, and for each of the four succeeding fiscal years, the sum of $75,000,000 for the construction of public and other nonprofit hospitals; and there are further authorized to be appro- priated for such construction the sums provided in section 624. The sums appropriated pursuant to this section shall be used for making payments to States which have submitted, and had approved by the Surgeon General, State plans for carrying out the purposes of section 601 (b); and for making payments to political subdivisions of, and public or other nonprofit agencies in, such States. " GENERAL REGULATIONS "SEC. 622. Within six months after the enactment of this title, the Surgeon General, with the approval of the Federal Hospital Council and the Administrator, shall by general regulation prescribe- "(a) The number of general hospital beds required to provide ade- quate hospital services to the people residing in a State, and the general method or methods by which such beds shall be distributed among base areas, intermediate areas, and rural areas: Provided, That for the purposes of this title, the total of such beds for any State shall not exceed four and one-half per thousand population, except that in States having less than twelve and more than six persons per square mile the limit shall be five beds per thousand population, and in States having six persons or less per square mile the limit shall be five and one-half beds per thousand population; but if, in any area (as de- fined in the regulations) within the State, there are more beds than required by the standards prescribed by the Surgeon General, the excess over such standards may be eliminated in calculating this maximum allowance. "(b) The number of beds required to provide adequate hospital services for tuberculous patients, mental patients, and chronic-disease 1042 [60 STAT.