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January 7, 1956

Financing Hospital Care in the United States. Volume 3: Financing Hospital Care for Nonwage and Low-Income Groups

JAMA. 1956;160(1):87. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960360089029

This volume is the last in the present series published by the Commission on Financing of Hospital Care. The first report, "Factors Affecting the Costs of Hospital Care," dealt with the elements of hospital costs and attempted to evaluate methods for their control. The second, "Prepayment and the Community," reviewed the findings and recommendations of the commission relating to the effectiveness of voluntary prepayment plans for hospital care from the standpoint of the public, the hospital, and the community. The material covered in the three reports provides information on costs of hospital care and methods of paying for it that is essential to an understanding of the problems involved and their solution. The present report includes a statement of principles underlying the study, the first of which indicates the general nature of the commission's thinking on the subject: "Necessary hospital care should be obtainable by all persons without regard to

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