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This publication is written to meet the needs of two different audiences ··--health planners and health researchers. For health planners at county, multicounty, or state levels, it describes the use of a quantitative technique for analyzing a common problem how best to plan for the delivery of hospital services in a multicounty, nonmetropolitan setting. Most useful to the planner will be the study problem and objectives, nontechnical discussion of the research model and data needs, and the discussion of policy implications. The research method will be useful to the researcher regardless of whether he is employed by a university or a health planning agency. Of prime interest to him will be the application of the modeling technique in the analysis of a practical problem. Careful reading of this publication will enable a researcher who has appropriate training in quantitative methods and some familiarity with health planning to apply the described analytical technique to a similar problem setting. The model is operational with modest data requirements and is relatively inexpensive to use. Ideally, cooperation between a health planner and an economist skilled in quantitative methods and with access to computer capability is needed for maximum effectiveness in applying the modeling technique. Economists at most universities would have the required research skills and access to computer services.

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Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University


Ames, IA


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A programming model for analysis of nonmetropolitan hospital services systems and application of the model