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November 28, 1936

Security Against Sickness: A Study of Health Insurance

JAMA. 1936;107(22):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770480067032

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Abstract

This study is predicated on the assumption that some plan for prepayment of sickness costs is necessary to enable certain groups of the population to obtain medical care. The author, who was the associate director of study on the administrative staff of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, claims that it was unfortunate during the depression years that "no program of sufficient scope was developed in this period to deal adequately with the major problems or even to hold the promise of effective action on a large or national scale." The author states that the studies represented in part in this volume, undertaken in 1933, were to seek out the principles on which constructive action should rest particularly with respect to certain problems that arise out of illness and its social and economic sequelae. Much of the statistical material is drawn from or is a restatement of the

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