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The Book Forum
January 11, 1964

Medical Care and Family Security: Norway, England, USA

JAMA. 1964;187(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060150082043

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Three physicians have presented their personal evaluation of the compulsory systems of medical care in Norway and Great Britain and the voluntary system in the US. Each one makes it clear that to him the compulsory system is socially desirable. However, none presents adequate evidence to support his position and each relies heavily on generalities.

The discussions of the Norwegian and British systems are superficial. Statements like "the general practitioners of Britain have never earned a very high income" and "the new awareness of social and cultural factors is influencing medicine profoundly" are not enlightening to those who may wish to learn more about the systems for financing medical care used in foreign countries. The material on the US is argumentative, as, when the author asks if the thoughtful doctor "is not jarred by the archaic ring of the battle cries of those opposed to bringing American medicine into the

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