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August 3, 1994

Improving Health Care for the Poor

Author Affiliations

State University of New York—Buffalo

JAMA. 1994;272(5):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520050029014

To the Editor.  —In the recent article by Dr Ginzberg,1 it is interesting that Ginzberg, a PhD, so casually volunteers physicians for a national health service corps as a source of young physicians for assignment in underserved and poor areas. I might suggest that hospitals and health facilities are more than just physicians. It might be a good idea to volunteer all PhD candidates in the health and human resources field to be required to serve in poor areas in hospital and health facilities. In addition, nurses and all health personnel, in all related fields, should be required and mandated to give voluntary service or conscripted service in poor areas. Builders and suppliers of hospital and medical facilities in other areas that make a significant amount of their income in the health field should also volunteer their material and services to poor and underserved areas. If this were the

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