The AMA House of Delegates in December 1964 adopted Resolution 24, calling for physician representation in areawide hospital-planning agencies. Immediate emphasis was placed on physician representation on state Hill-Burton hospital advisory councils. Implicitly the charge of the resolution also recognizes the continuum of medical interest in all healthfacility planning whether such planning be national, statewide, or community-wide in scope.
The resolution pointed to changes in the Hill-Burton program as amended by PL 88-443, the Hospital and Medical Facilities Amendments of 1964. Specifically the law requires that the state advisory councils include in their membership representation of certain types of nongovernmental organizations or groups and public agencies concerned with the operation, construction, and utilization of hospitals and other health facilities as well as an equal number of representatives of consumers familiar with the need for services provided by such facilities. This provision means that the number of consumer representatives on the
Physician Representation in Areawide Hospital Planning. JAMA. 1965;194(6):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090190105046
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