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February 10, 1940

THE NEW WAGNER HOSPITAL BILL

JAMA. 1940;114(6):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060036010

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Abstract

Elsewhere in this issue appear a statement sent by the President to Congress relative to his plans for the building of hospitals and also a transcript of a bill, S. 3230, introduced by Mr. Wagner in the Senate of the United States on February 1. Here is a new pattern not observable in other medical or hospital legislation introduced in recent years. This measure provides for assisting state, county, health and hospital districts or other political subdivisions; thus it recognizes the local character of most problems in medical service. The total sum involved is relatively small, indicating the experimental nature of the proposal. The third section indicates that communities applying for such hospitals must establish the existence of need. Moreover, these hospitals are to be available to all groups of the population.

Especially significant is section 4, which establishes a national advisory council to consist of six members, who shall

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