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May 30, 1942

How to Organize Group Health Plans

JAMA. 1942;119(5):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830220072039

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After a mention of other types of organized medical care, attention is centered on contract group plans. There is a legal argument (not very convincing) trying to show that recent court decisions have cleared the way for corporations to practice medicine with instructions on how to draw up a charter that will conform to the law as the authors interpret it. Some helpful suggestions about avoiding "bad risks" in securing members is followed by a chapter on methods of enrolment which contains warnings against infringing the principles of medical ethics concerning advertising while conducting "publicity" and "educational" campaigns to secure subscribers. It is recognized that " astute management of varied factors is necessary" if the suspicions of organized medicine are not to be aroused.

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