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The Panel Struggle
The minister of health has replied to the letter of the Insurance Acts Committee of the British Medical Association (The Journal, November 3, p. 1535). He did not consider that a detailed answer would serve any useful purpose, but stated that he did not accept the statements and arguments of the committee as accurate or sound. His offer represented a considered decision given by him in regard to a matter on which responsibility rested with him as a minister of the crown. Before arriving at that decision, he weighed the claims and representations made on behalf of the profession and the approved (friendly) societies. He considered that his offer represented a settlement fair both to the profession and to the insured population. As regards the rural physicians, he was sensible of their peculiar difficulties and desirous of finding a remedy, but this should not interfere with the
LONDON. JAMA. 1923;81(19):1620-1621. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650190050024