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November 1, 1985

A Health Policy Agenda for the American PeoplePhase I: The Principles

Author Affiliations

From the Office of Health Policy Development, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1985;254(17):2440-2448. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360170080035

The growing complexity of the health care sector demands a comprehensive framework for the long-term direction of health care policy. To this end, a Health Policy Agenda for the American People was initiated in 1982. Phase I of this two-phase project ended in May 1984 and produced 159 principles and 41 issues covering a wide spectrum of health care concerns. During Phase II, presently under way, policy proposals are being developed that respond to these issues and are consistent with the principles. The principles constitute the basis for policy development and include statements about equity, individual and professional rights and responsibilities, the role of government, and the quality and cost of health care. In addition to their use in the development of the agenda, the principles are being used by participating organizations in their own policy development activities.

(JAMA 1985;254:2440-2448)