What has been accomplished since and because of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Health Manpower is a far cry from the needs that the commission identified or the remedies it proposed. But then, a commission's reach should exceed its grasp, or what is a report for?
In May of 1967 when President Johnson formed the commission he directed it to "develop appropriate recommendations for action by government or by private institutions, organizations, or individuals for improving the availability and utilization of health manpower."
There is no doubt that the commission did what the President asked it to do. It made more than 50 recommendations for measures and programs concerned not only with health manpower per se, but also with the organization and delivery of health services, improving the quality of health care, and making more efficient this country's health care systems and institutions. Clearly all of these