STUART BONDURANT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
It appears that the government has assumed responsibility for developing a system to assure a standard of comprehensive health care for all citizens. This system will involve payment through a mechanism that spreads the financial burden of health care in time and among individuals. The agencies responsible for collecting, holding, and dispersing funds will, for the foreseeable future, include both governmental and private groups; but from the point of both the consumer and the provider the distinction between the two will be reduced by government regulation of private insurers.
Government will, by intent or by default, be a major determinant of the priority of health care among national goals and of the priority of the various components of the health care system.
Government will be the organ for matching the needs of the consumers with the needs and potential of the providers of health care within the limits of the resources that are available.
BONDURANT S. The Role of the Government in the Provision of Health Services. Ann Intern Med. ;69:963–967. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-5-963
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(5):963-967.
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