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Editorial
February 6, 2008

Theme Issue on Health of the NationCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jama-archives.org) is Executive Deputy Editor, Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, and Dr Rennie is Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2008;299(5):576. doi:10.1001/jama.299.5.576

A 232-year-old “patient”1 has been experiencing acute and chronic systemic health problems. Despite the concerted efforts of dedicated and superb physicians, the availability of state-of-the-art medical treatments and technological advances, and trillions of dollars in annual health care expenditures,2 major aspects of the health, well-being, and prognosis for this complex “patient”—ie, the United States and its health care system—are, at best, less than optimal.

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