ERIC Number: ED111711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Misused and Misplaced Hospitals and Doctors: A Locational Analysis of the Urban Health Care Crisis, Resource Paper No. 22.
de Vise, Pierre
Geography of health care entails the application of location and transportation theories and of systems methods to the demand for and supply of health care. An analysis is presented of the new geography approach and the current research involved. Chapter one provides a review and summary of the Chicago Regional Hospital Study (CRHS), a major effort promoting this expanded concept of medical geography. More than one hundred working papers produced by the CRHS are reviewed. Three themes are developed in the second chapter: the foundation in geographic theory of the medical geographic research, the contemporary social relevance of the research, and policy implications of the findings of social sciences. In Chapter three the sixty-year campaign for national health insurance is traced. In the fourth chapter, a contrast is made of the Congressional legislation and the rhetoric in the area of health care delivery. An analysis of the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) is included, which indicates that most community-based HMO grants in large urban areas are doomed to failure. The final chapter analyzes the widening gap between doctor-rich and doctor-poor areas in which large urban areas such as Chicago are fast losing ground in the competition to retain and attract doctors. Several appendices conclude the document. This resource paper is part of a series designed to supplement undergraduate geography materials. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Geographic Distribution, Geography, Geography Instruction, Health Facilities, Health Needs, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Hospitals, Medical Evaluation, Medicine, Physical Geography, Research, Resource Materials, Site Analysis, Social Change, Social Sciences, Space Utilization, Spatial Relationship
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Publication Type: Books
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.