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Optimum health care represents uniform and universal access to a common high standard of scientific medicine practiced with compassion and human understanding. Ideally, all medical decisions should be made and implemented under no constraints other than the well-being of the patient. The principal barriers to optimal health care are problems of an economic nature, which represent a common denominator to which most other problems can be reduced. Health care planners are continually squeezed between the desires and expectations of society and society's ability or willingness to pay the price. Local political actions impact on planning efforts as significantly as grander
Introduction to Health Planning.. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:576–577. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-4-576_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(4):576-577.
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