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May 19, 1993

'Health of Nation at Stake' Says Elders

JAMA. 1993;269(19):2486-2488. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500190028007

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AS THE Clinton administration moves toward providing some form of adequate health care for all, one of the president's more outspoken nominees for a major post in his administration is on public platforms reminding us: "We don't have a real system of health care. We have a lot of economists and health policy people trying to decide how much money it's going to cost to pay for a system that we don't have."

The speaker is Joycelyn Elders, MD, currently state health commissioner for Arkansas and Clinton's Surgeon General—designate of the US Public Health Service. Pending congressional confirmation, Elders is expected to take up her post by July 1. She gave one talk expounding her views during the fifth annual National Managed Health Care Congress, held in Washington, DC.

Elders' observations are of particular interest because it seems apparent that they will serve as an outline of her forthcoming agenda