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April 25, 1942

Prepayment Plans for Medical Care

JAMA. 1942;118(17):1524. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830170102037

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Five plans that are only partially identified are described. It is assumed that "group practice of medicine" insures a body of qualified specialists using all available methods of diagnosis and treatment, while it is implied that plans involving the free choice of a physician will deliver care by a general practitioner who will be isolated from specialists, laboratories and hospitals. Description of the various plans is somewhat sketchy, giving the principal factors in easily comparable form. Considerable attention is given to costs without the author's recognizing that actuarial facts concerning most of the plans are still indefinite.

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