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May 16, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;119(3):266-267. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830200034011

REORGANIZING BRITISH MEDICAL SERVICE  A discussion of "A National Medical Service and Conditions of Medical Practice After the War" by Sir Henry Brackenbury, M.D., in the British Medical Journal for January 24, probably the last article written before his death, forecasts some of the problems which will affect the practice of medicine in Great Britain after the war. An anticipated reduction of 3,540,000 in the population of England and Wales by 1965 means that some 4,500 fewer practitioners will be required by that date, assuming the present average "doctor power" to be satisfactory. A rise in the income limit for admission to national health insurance and the expected inclusion of dependents will bring some 80 to 85 per cent of the population under that system. The impoverishment by war taxation of the uninsured will still further restrict the scope of private practice. As a result of contemplated extension of the

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