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May 9, 1966


JAMA. 1966;196(6):19-20. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100190011003

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Community Approach to Health Services.—  A new concept of providing health care was proposed to President Johnson by the National Commission on Community Health Services.The recommendations included:

  • Breaking down eventually all separate systems of health care such as for veterans, labor members, merchant seamen, and the medically indigent;

  • Orienting all health care services on a community basis;

  • Emphasizing the role of the general practitioner so that all will have a "personal physician;"

  • Changing educational patterns to stress training as "personal physicians."

President Johnson endorsed the recommendations, but predicted that it would be many years before they would be fully implemented.The report was presented to the President at a White House ceremony.The commission is a private, nonprofit study group formed in 1962 by the National Health Council and the American Public Health Association. Thirty-two members from medicine, business, labor, and other fields make up

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