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March 9, 1940

A Survey of Hospital Services and Finances in the Philadelphia Area Based on Data Collected from 67 Philadelphia Hospitals for the Year 1937

JAMA. 1940;114(10):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100083040

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This report on the survey of hospital services and finances in the Philadelphia area is best summed up in its own statement of conclusions and recommendations, in which it is stated that the purpose is to describe the amounts and types of services rendered and that it was not intended to establish categorical conclusions or to set up a qualitative scale for measuring hospital service. It is stated, nevertheless, that the task of gathering the data would hardly be justified without some suggestions, and with this in mind the author makes fifteen suggestions looking toward the improvement of hospital service in the Philadelphia area. These conclusions and recommendations might apply to other areas as well. In fact, the whole report furnishes profitable reading for those interested in hospital service for any given community.

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