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Financing the Care of Patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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© 1988 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(3):470-473. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-108-3-470
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The problem of financing care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other illnesses resulting from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is symptomatic of the larger problems of financing health care in this country. Although most often the term "patients with AIDS" is used in this paper for simplification, our statements and recommendations apply to patients with all HIV-associated illnesses. The AIDS crisis places in bold relief inadequacies that are felt throughout our health system, such as inadequate care for persons who have neither private nor public coverage, limited access of the poor to care, inadequate funding for


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