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Antonio M. Jr., MD Gotto and Jennifer Moon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702136

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702136.001.0001

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The Expansive 1960s

The Expansive 1960s

(p.121) 6 The Expansive 1960s
Weill Cornell Medicine

Antonio M. Gotto

Jennifer Moon

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies how the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 brought new populations of poor and elderly patients to hospitals and clinics nationwide. Medical schools and teaching hospitals became even more involved in addressing the health care needs of their surrounding communities. Since these shifts overlapped with the social activism of the 1960s, many medical students at Cornell became passionately engaged in outreach efforts to underserved patients. Faced with postwar inflation, hospitals focused on private patient admissions in order to increase revenue. Concerns were raised that the shift toward private patients would have a negative effect on teaching and research. In response, Dean John E. Deitrick proposed a system in which all fees obtained by patients would support the clinical faculty as a whole, and all patients would participate in teaching and research efforts.

Keywords:   Medicare, Medicaid, medical schools, teaching hospitals, social activism, Cornell medical students, private patients, John E. Deitrick

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