The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) today issued six principles to help guide reform of the nation's health care system. Noting that the United States health care system faces a crisis of access, cost, and quality, the AAMC document calls for U.S. medical schools and major teaching hospitals to play "a pivotal role in improving health and health care and in achieving positive changes in the health care system," given their significant roles as health care providers, educators of future physicians, and discoverers of new scientific knowledge. Such reform must improve both health care delivery and financing, while preserving the greatest strengths of the current system. The goal of the new AAMC principles is to guide this process.
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