April 25, 1942

Prepayment Plans for Medical Care

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By Franz Goldmann, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine. Part I: Underlying Principles. Part II: A Comparative Study of Services and Costs of Five Plans. Joint Committee of the Twentieth Century Fund and the Good Will Fund; and Medical Administration Service, Inc. Paper. Price, 25 cents. Pp. 60. Boston: Edward A. Filene Good Will Fund, [n. d].

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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