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To the Editor:—
What prompts me to put down these thoughts on health care costs is attendance at a recent conference sponsored by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. It was obvious that many of the problems in the field of health care costs alluded to at the conference can only be resolved by the physician who renders the care.Physicians are not as concerned with this problem as they might be.Concern today over the spiraling costs of medical services requires the medical profession to take a closer look at the factors affecting these costs. Physicians must influence those factors that lie within their province, and enlist the aid of other agencies and the public, itself, in effecting economies. Criticism of rising health costs directed in part toward the medical profession could be overcome to a great extent by a concerted effort by the physicians to curb them.
Gibbs JL. Health Care Costs. JAMA. 1969;207(11):2103. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150240123024