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Factors contributing to hospital costs and patient expenditures for health care were examined at a recent Chicago meeting sponsored by the American Medical Association Board of Trustees' Committee on Socio-Economic Activities.
Purpose of the conference was to seek methods by which health care dollars can be conserved without impairing the quality of the care and services provided by the health team.
Conference participants—including approximately 50 physicians, hospital administrators, hospital consultants, economists, health insurance executives, and others— agreed that closer working relationships are needed if various segments of the health care team are to understand one another's problems.
To help achieve that understanding, the AMA is considering holding similar conferences throughout the country. In addition, the Committee on Socio-Economic Activities hopes to outline studies that will pinpoint the problem areas and provide data from which programs can be mapped.
A Des Moines, Iowa, hospital administrator told the conference that it is
Methods Sought to Conserve Dollars, Preserve Quality in Health Care. JAMA. 1965;191(2):28–31. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020096052
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