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March 26, 1955

Financing Hospital Care in the United States. Volume 2: Prepayment and the Community

JAMA. 1955;157(13):1170-1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950300098035

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This second volume of the report of the Commission on Financing of Hospital Care represents partial fulfillment of the commission's effort "to study the costs of providing adequate hospital services and determine the best systems of payment for such services." It deals largely with an evaluation of voluntary prepayment, the amount of protection currently available, the amount purchased by the public, and the possible extension of prepayment coverage to groups now without protection. The report indicates that throughout its preparation the commission was directing it toward community groups interested in further development and extension of voluntary prepayment as an effective means for distribution of the costs and risks of hospitalization over the largest possible number of persons. It is aimed toward stimulating action at the community level in the evaluation of existing prepayment arrangements, with the hope that community efforts will subsequently realize the fullest possible potential of voluntary prepayment

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