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Hospital and Medical Economics: A Study of Population, Services, Costs, Methods of Payment, and Controls.

Gerhard Hartman, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):483-484. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090169050.
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The two-volume research study, Hospital and Medical Economics, developed by Walter J. McNerney and the study staff of the University of Michigan and supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, presents a frank and open discussion of some of the most pressing problems confronting the contemporary medical and health field: These include costs, utilization, and control of the quality and quantity of hospital and medical services. While the population studied is restricted to the state of Michigan, many of the conclusions and recommendations are relevant to the conflicts facing each of the states as well as the nation as a whole. Of particular interest to the medical profession are the projects dealing with utilization, supply of physicians, medical education and medical doctor-osteopath relationships, and controls affecting the voluntary health system.

The study was initiated in 1955 with the request of the Michigan Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans for a


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