The World War Ii And Its Effects Had Taken A Toll On Hospitals.

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The World War II and its effects had taken a toll on hospitals. Many hospitals had become obsolete, and over 40 percent of the states had no hospital facilities at all. The concern for adequate health care for all has created a need for a new regulation, on August 13, 1946 under the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, Congress passed the Hospital Survey and Construction Act, commonly known as the Hill-Burton Act. The Act authorized grants to individual states and the states for hospital construction and modernization. The Act 's primary purpose was only to facilitate construction, but Congress later added a provision requiring hospitals to provide a reasonable volume of services to indigents. The provision laid dormant for 20 years and was…show more content…
In 1964, another amendment has established a precedent for the use of public funds to subsidize planning by voluntary health agencies. By 1975 when expenditures ended, the federal government had also assisted in financing almost one-third of all hospital projects in the nation and contributed about 10 percent of the annual costs of all hospital construction. By 2000 the Hill-Burton Act has spent more than $4.6 billion in loans to nearly 6,800 healthcare facilities in over 4,000 communities, which in turn provided free or discounted services to persons who were unable to afford the payment (Newman. R, 2004) Healthcare facilities under Hill-Burton Act Public and nonprofit facilities received financial assistance under Titles VI and XVI of the Hill-Burton Act. The different kinds of facilities that received the funding include: • Acute care general hospitals • Special hospitals • Nursing homes • Public health centers • Rehabilitation facilities Every Healthcare facility that gave a Community Service Assurance in exchange for Hill-Burton funds under Title VI of the Public Health Service Act must comply with the following rules: • Must provide emergency services to any person living in hospital’s service area who cannot afford those services. • Must Provide non-emergency medical treatment to the person living in its service area irrespective of their race, color, national origin, creed, or any other factor unrelated to a person’s ability to pay for a needed
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