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June 22, 1964

Who's Been Sleeping in Our Bed?

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Denison, Tex

JAMA. 1964;188(12):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060380059032

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Hunt's communication brings to mind the Government's urging that we spend more money. Who are we to breast that tide? Second, let us consider the position of the average doctor. The patient comes in with pneumonia. With the use of chemotherapy and antibiotics, he can remain ambulatory and recover very shortly. But the patient has an insurance policy that will pay his bill, or a good part of it, only if he goes to the hospital, where it will cost the insurance company five times as much as the office treatment would. Who suffers here? Only the absent member of the team, the company.Many an x-ray could be taken in the doctor's office, many a laboratory test could be done in the doctor's laboratory. But, the insurance company will not pay for it unless the patient is in the hospital, where the cost will be

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