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The role of the Federal government in financing health and medical services

The role of the Federal government in financing health and medical services

Journal of Medical Education 51(3): 161-169

Public sector spending and private sector spending for health and medical services have tended to parallel one another over the past four decades. Although total expenditures have grown dramatically, the relationship between the two sectors has not. Government gradually increased its support and provision of health care between 1929 and 1940. Between 1940 and 1966 government spending for health care remained at a plateau. The federal government's major participation since 1966 has been through its role as a transfer agent for the Medicare trust fund, acting as an intermediary, rather than through the expenditure of general revenues for health and medical care services. Rising costs and increased demand for medical services will probably force a larger financial role upon government.

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DOI: 10.1097/00001888-197603000-00001

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