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JAMA Revisited
April 5, 2016

Compulsory Health Insurance

JAMA. 2016;315(13):1408. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2728

To the Editor:—In The Journal, Jan. 24, 1920, p. 271, Dr. E. M. Stanton opposed the principles of compulsory health insurance on the grounds that the burdens of such insurance cannot be borne by the insured. In so doing, in my opinion, he made a very good argument in favor of compulsory health insurance.

It is precisely because modern scientific medicine, as practiced today, is too expensive for any except the very rich that some system must be evolved to diminish the expense to the individual.

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