(a) The legislature finds that
Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 18.26.010 - Legislative finding and policy
- state: means the State of Alaska unless applied to the different parts of the United States and in the latter case it includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
(1) there exist inadequate medical care and medical facilities in certain localities of the state, and in other localities medical care is not available and medical facilities do not exist at all;
(2) construction funding under 42 U.S.C. 291-291z (Title VI, Public Health Service Act) and 42 U.S.C. 2661-2698(b) (P.L. 88-164, Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963) has not been forthcoming to the degree necessary, either alone or when combined with state or local funds, to ameliorate the state’s need for medical care and medical facilities; and
(3) it is essential that the people of this state have adequate medical care and medical facilities at a reasonable cost.
(b) It is declared to be the policy of the state, in the interests of promoting the health and general welfare of all of its people, to provide acceptable alternative means of financing the constructing and equipping of needed medical facilities that, in number, size, type, distribution, operation, and services, are consistent with the orderly and economic development of medical facilities and services, are in the public interest, avoid unnecessary duplication of medical facilities and services, are economical in the use of health personnel, and will assure admission and care of high quality to all who need it. The legislature finds that this policy will be implemented by creating a public corporation called the Alaska Medical Facility Authority, with powers, duties, and functions as provided in this chapter.