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National Health Program
PLATFORM ADOPTED BY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
One of the ten points in this platform will be published each week.
2. The provision of preventive medical services through professionally competent health departments with sufficient staff and equipment to meet community needs is recognized as essential in a health program. The principle of federal aid through provision of funds or personnel is recognized with the understanding that local areas shall control their own agencies as has been established in the field of education. Health departments should not assume the care of the sick as a function, since administration of medical care under such auspices tends to a deterioration in the quality of the service rendered. Medical care to those unable to provide for themselves is best administered by local and private agencies with the aid of public funds when needed. This program for national health should include the
ORGANIZATION SECTION. JAMA. 1946;130(16):1171-1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870160117015