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A National Medical Service
When the socialist government was in office, a demand arose among its followers for a complete state medical service for every one. The danger of something of the kind led the British Medical Association to formulate a scheme with a view to preserving some of the individualism of the profession. With the defeat of the socialist government the danger of such a sudden transformation passed, but not the danger of further socialization or medical service. The national health insurance scheme does not provide medical attendance for the wives and children of the insured or any consultant, specialist or hospital service, and it is only the financial difficulty that has prevented extension in these directions. The further socialization of the medical profession remains a political question, which exercises the British Medical Association more than any other problem.An address, delivered before the Brighton division of the association
LONDON. JAMA. 1933;100(10):751-752. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100045021