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February 19, 1955

Financing Hospital Care in the United States. Volume I: Factors Affecting the Costs of Hospital Care

JAMA. 1955;157(8):689. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950250063029

This is the first of a three volume report by the Commission on Financing of Hospital Care, an independent, nongovernmental agency sponsored by the American Hospital Association "to study the costs of providing adequate hospital services and to determine the best systems of payment for such services." The two year study initiated in November, 1951, was supported by grants from The Blue Cross Commission of the American Hospital Association, Health Information Foundation, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan Medical Service, Milbank Memorial Fund, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, and Rockefeller Foundation. This report is informative, well organized, and readable; has an easily followed format; contains numerous statistical tables, charts, and succinct recommendations; and has an excellent summary. The early chapters are discussions of the increasing complexity, changing character, and community role of hospital care and the growth in facilities and utilization of nonprofit general hospitals

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