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Status Of The Implementation Of The National Health Planning And Resources Development Act Of 1974

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States General Accounting Office

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In January 1975, the President signed into law the National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974 which-- established areawide and State health planning agencies , statewide health coordinating councils, and regional centers for health planning-- identified national health priorities and-- required the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare HEW to appoint a National Council on Health Planning and Development and to develop guidelines for a national health planning policy. The acts primary goals are to contain health care costs and improve access to quality healthcare. Since enactment of the law, the country has been divided into 205 health service areas, areawide health systems agencies have been designated and are operating in all of there areas, all State health planning agencies have been designated, and regional centers for health planning have been established in each of HEWs 10 regions. GAO reviewed 15 local and 11 State planning agencies as well as 4 regional planning centers and 4 HEW regional offices, to determine the status of the implementation of the act. It is too early to determine the effect of areawide and State agencies in achieving the objectives of the act.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]