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Financing Long-Term Care: The Need for a National Health Plan

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Member, Health Care Financing Subcommittee, American College of Physicians; North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York

Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(2):295-296. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-108-2-295
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As we approach the end of this century, the United States still has no cohesive and coordinated plan for providing health care to its citizens. Problems of access for the medically indigent, millions of our working people without medical insurance, the untrammeled growth of technology, and the encroachments of for-profit entrepeneurism are some of the issues that demand answers. The solutions remain captive to a free enterprise philosophy that can too easily lose sight of the human considerations involved.

Nothing illustrates the dangers of a health care system without a plan better than the rapidly emerging problem of providing long-term


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