The Public Interest

Major public initiatives in health care

Herbert E. Klarman

Winter 1974

TO set the stage for discussing certain major public initiatives in the 1960’s, a few selected figures are presented. Table I shows the amounts spent on health care in this country, the continuing increase in the ratio of health care expenditures to the Gross National Product, and the fraction of the total met by public funds, which had remained steady at one quarter for 15 years but increased in recent years, to three eighths.

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