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Long-Term Care: The Need for, and Limits of, an Effective Federal Role

Anne R. Somers
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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(1):3-5. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-1-3
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The advent of a new Administration in Washington offers a fresh opportunity for the medical profession to rethink and redefine its approach to long-term care for the victims of severe chronic disease and disability. It is a good time to do so. The current more pragmatic, less ideological political climate provides opportunity for a practical solution to a problem that is as complex as it is urgent.

The American College of Physicians has already taken some first steps in this direction. The report of the Committee on Health and Public Policy, Health Care Financing Subcommittee (1, 2) and the symposium


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