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February 26, 1938

A NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM

JAMA. 1938;110(9):652-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090034012

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Abstract

Last week the Technical Subcommittee on Medical Careéthe names of the members of which are not supplied—turned over to Miss Josephine Roche, head of the Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate the Health and Welfare Activities of the United States government, a national health program and some proposals toward its pattern, which was sent to the President. The complete statement appears on pages 656 to 665 of this issue of The Journal.

The report points out that the committee was charged with assessing the state of the nation's health, to define needs which are not being met through current practices and to outline proposals through which the nation's health may be improved. The report leans largely on the national health survey made by the United States Public Health Service. That survey emphasized the loss to the public from disabling illness and a deficiency of hospitalization for the relief group. It pointed out

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