In November of 1964, the American Medical Association held its First National Conference on Areawide Health Facilities Planning in Miami Beach, Fla. While strong opposition was generated concerning attempts to make areawide planning compulsory, the House of Delegates passed a unanimous resolution stating that the physician has a vital role to play in hospital and health facility planning, that this responsibility for planning should be exercised through medical societies, and that regional planning for health facilities must be on a voluntary basis.
The implications of this resolution continue to become more numerous and complex. For this reason it should be apparent that areawide planning demands the practicing physician's interest and understanding. In 1963, James H. Cavanaugh, PhD, of the University of Iowa's College of Medicine completed a national survey of the status of areawide planning of hospitals and related health facilities. Dr. Cavanaugh, whose contribution appears in this issue (p