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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

The purpose of Regional Medical Programs is to improve the care of patients with heart disease. cancer, stroke or related diseases. Rather than subsidizing the cost of patient care, the program encourages the medical profession and medical institutions to establish voluntary, cooperative arrangements that will result in making the latest advances in these diseases available to patients. Programs are planned and implemented at local (Regional) levels through broad-based decision-making processes. This paper reviews five Regional Medical Programs with emphasis on various approaches hospitals are using to implement the program, and lists six criteria applicable to developing operational activities.

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