ERIC Number: ED165668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May-16
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Capitation Support and Its Role in the Operation of Medical Schools. Study by the Staff of the U.S. General Accounting Office.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
A study of federal capitation support of medical schools included a review of the use of capitation funds by 11 selected medical schools, identification of total revenues received by each school, and study of the use of such revenues. The opinion of medical school representatives on the potential impact on schools if capitation support is withdrawn was also obtained. It was found that federal capitation support, although providing a relatively small percentage of the resources needed to operate a medical school, has played an important role in medical education. Withdrawal of such support, without adequate funds to replace it, may have serious consequences for some schools, particularly those with only limited access to resources from other federal, state, and private sources. The availability of federal capitation support has, because it is flexible, enabled some of the schools visited to initiate innovative learning experiences for medical students. The schools visited used 87 percent of their funds to pay personnel costs in school years 1973-74 through 1975-76. Much of the enrollment increase coincides with the availability of federal capitation support. Medical school officials expressed concern that an attempt to replace this support by increasing tuition would bring a marked change in the socioeconomic characteristics of the student body and require program reductions. Forty-five pages of statistical data on revenues, funding, and expenditures of medical schools are appended. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.