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August 6, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(6):537-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320049020

The following is the announcement made by Thurman Arnold, assistant attorney general, in connection with the investigation of the medical profession.

A preliminary investigation made by the Department of Justice in response to numerous complaints has disclosed the following situation with reference to activities within the medical profession in the District of Columbia:

Group Health Association, Inc., was organized in the District of Columbia a year ago by 2,500 Government employes, principally from the lower salary classes, to provide prepaid medical care at a cost which the members could afford to pay. This group retained its own physicians, who have undertaken to provide the members with virtually complete medical care. The Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the American Medical Association, and some of the officials of both these organizations, are attempting to prevent this association from functioning.

Methods Used  The methods they have used are:

  1. Threatened expulsion

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