December 4, 1972

Priorities for Increasing Availability of Health Services in Rural Areas

JAMA. 1972;222(10):1284-1285. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210100032008

In seeking to improve patient care, the Council on Rural Health and the Council on Health Manpower share a strong concern for alleviating maldistribution of health services in rural areas. As a part of its mission, the Council on Health Manpower is inescapably concerned with effective geographic deployment of existing health personnel. In working to improve the health of persons in rural areas, the Council on Rural Health has worked to ensure the availability and accessibility of appropriate professional care when needed.

Many people live in areas that can fairly be classified as "medically deprived" in that services of physicians and of other health professions are not available in proportion to health service needs. The problem is particularly acute in the city slums and in many rural areas. Considerable study has been given to methods for alleviating this maldistribution of manpower; approaches currently under consideration or trial involve both attempts