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July 10, 1967


JAMA. 1967;201(2):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130020019004

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The American Medical Association asked Congress to make important changes in the Administration's plan to expand and extend for four years the "Comprehensive Health Planning and Public Health Services Amendments of 1966."

Last year the AMA offered endorsement of the concept of comprehensive health planning, noting that for some years the Association had played an active role encouraging such planning on a voluntary basis, local and areawide. At the same time, the AMA voiced objection to the provisions of the law which would permit the furnishing of "public health services" and "health services" without any expressed limitation by this Congress as to the kind or scope of the services intended.

One of the underlying reasons for the law last year was to avoid duplication of existing programs. "From an analysis of this legislation, however, it is becoming apparent that this program cannot directly alter or remove duplication in existing federally