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September 21, 1970

The Allied Health Student as a Hospital Employee

Author Affiliations

From Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, Ill, and the Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Ill.

JAMA. 1970;213(12):2054-2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170380028005

There is little doubt that there is a health care crisis in the United States today. Not only increasing demands for services, but rising costs and manpower shortages have created a situation of nearly catastrophic proportions. The health professionals are now being forced to make major decisions as to the most efficient way to reach the growing population.

The last decade has brought sweeping changes in the American way of life. The potential benefits to society from new technologies and more scientific advances in health care practices have changed the status of health care from that of luxury to absolute necessity.

In recent years, great controversy has arisen over the place of the allied health student as a worker. In researching the literature, it became abundantly clear that few health professionals dared to assume a position contrary to that of their own specific health profession.

The fact of change is