A voluminous draft report outlining the health needs of District of Columbia residents over the next five years was released for public review last week by the Department of Human Resources.
The study represents the city's first attempt at writing a comprehensive health plan under the mandate of the National Health Planning and Resource Development Act of 1974.
DHR has scheduled a public hearing on the report for Nov. 30 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW. The public will have until Dec. 7 to submit written comments to the director of the State Health Planning and Development Agency, 421 Eighth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.
DHR state health planning officials will review the recommendations before submitting a final report by Jan. 1 to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Among the projections in the approximately 550-page report are:
By 1985, the city will have exactly as many chronically ill adults as it does now. An estimated 55,000 adults currently suffer from chronic illnesses, such as emphysema and chronic heart disease.
Over the next five years, city hospitals will have an excess of 1,500 acute care beds. The city now has 4,957 licensed acute care hospital beds.
A need for 750 additional nursing home beds currently exists. The city now has 2,268 nursing home beds and 1,200 more are planned.
An additional 68 dialysis service equipment stations will be needed to handle patients with chronic kidney disease. The metropolitan area now has 240 stations.
There are no projected needs, however, for additional therapeutic radiation equipment or body and head X-ray scanners known as Computed Tomographic Scanners. The City currently has 13 pieces of radiation equipment and 11 CT scanners.
The report also discusses the need to increase child health, dental and alcoholism treatment services.