In the early
1990s, several communities and some states were well on their way to
achieving these lofty goals. The state of Hawaii has been very successful
in providing comprehensive coverage to an increasing segment of the
population since 1975. By 1992, 98 percent of the population was included,
and a goal of 100 percent was anticipated. Hawaii's system stresses
primary and preventive care and eliminates elective procedures and much
high-tech tertiary care, especially in the terminal patient.
For many Utahns
as well as other Americans, health and medical care had replaced war
and the threat of nuclear destruction as the most important issues facing
the nation at the end of the century. Those decisions made in the coming
years will undoubtedly affect every citizen.
See: Henry P.
Plenk, ed., Medicine in the Beehive State: 1940-1990.
Henry P. Plenk