Revitalizing hospital planning
American Journal of Public Health and the Nation's Health 51: 1158-1162
ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9572 PMID: 13718827 DOI: 10.2105/ajph.51.8.1158
Four points are emphasized: (1) The public considers health services to be of such major importance that they should not be entrusted to the exclusive control of physicans, hospitals, and people in public health. (2) Lack of coordinated hospital development has produced duplication of expensive services, gaps in essential services, duplication of facilities, competition, inappropriate use, overbuilding in some areas and underbuilding in others. (3) Hospitals by their nature should have a primary mission of serving the community rather than engaging in competitive business. (4) There should be a state-wide and official basis for hospital planning and for encouraging compliance of individual hospitals with this planning.