The health care industry is currently the subject of much criticism and controversy. At no other time in its history has the medical profession had to defend itself so often or so fervently. In the midst of all the charges and countercharges, many of which are based either on emotion or opinion, comes the cry, "Doesn't anyone have any data on this?" Unfortunately, very often no one does. However, there are a number of sources from which meaningful and reliable data have become available. One of the best such sources has been the Health Information Foundation, which is now part of the Center for Health Administration Studies at the University of Chicago.
A Decade of Health Services is the third in a series of surveys designed to describe the public consumption of medical care, how people are charged for the services they use, and how they pay for the services.