August 26, 1916
To the Editor:—Today, when we have so much agitation on the subjects of industrial accident insurance, health insurance of sundry kinds, and all manner of hospital associations, why would it not be a step in advance for the United States government, cooperating with state and counties, to establish a department of public health whereby free medical, surgical and dental care, including hospital service when necessary, would be provided for all the people?…
If adequate medical service were provided by the government, the working efficiency of the people could be increased from 15 to 20 per cent.… and a large majority of diseases now prevalent could be absolutely eradicated. In fact, they, like the dodo bird, would become an extinct curiosity.
E Pluribus Unum Forever. JAMA. 2016;315(13):1408. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17080