Level and Range of Services Provided by the Public Health Service Hospital System

HRD-77-111: Published: May 26, 1977. Publicly Released: May 26, 1977.

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The Public Health Service (PHS) hospital system should attempt to maintain a level and range of direct patient care services comparable to 1973, as required by law.

However, in attempting to maintain these services during a period of spiraling inflation and limited budget increases, the PHS hospital system has been unable to: (1) prevent a reduction in the level and range of other health-related activities, including training and research; (2) maintain authorized staff ceilings; (3) maintain adequate inventories of drugs and other supplies; (4) maintain an adequate program for replacing obsolete equipment or purchasing new equipment required by advancements in modern medical practice and technology; and (5) spend funds needed to maintain and repair existing facilities and equipment, resulting in the continued deterioration of the hospitals.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: In considering funding for the PHS hospital system, the Congress should address whether or not the United States intends to realize the potential of the PHS hospital system as a resource for medical care at a reasonable, controllable cost. Congress should consider the potential savings from providing health care services to military dependents and to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in federally controlled PHS hospitals and clinics; the economics and efficiencies of PHS hospital participation in regional and local health planning and resource allocations; and the potential role of the PHS hospital system as a primary or standby health care provider in any future national health insurance program.

 

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