The Committee on Insurance and Prepayment Plans has followed closely the establishment and development of medical society committees designed to secure wiser use of health services personnel and facilities. Initially, this interest stemmed from concern over the continuing increase in costs of health care, particularly for hospital services, and the resulting steadily spiralling rates required from the public for health-benefits protection.
Interest has continued to grow in the committee approach to conservation of the health-care dollar through correction of inappropriate utilization practices. Many societies are seeking guidance on recommended patterns of committee organization and the scope of its proper functions. To provide the information desired in response to many such requests, the Committee on Insurance and Prepayment Plans has formulated recommendations based on its studies of a number of successfully operating programs. Although terminology will vary from one area to another, for the purpose of these guides "review committee" is