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June 27, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(9):788-792. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690090012003

Comparatively few persons in the medical profession other than those actively engaged in the practice of industrial medicine are aware of the extent to which organized workers are covered by health and welfare plans today. Information on this subject is not restricted, but neither is it widely disseminated. Since the end of the war, establishment of such plans has been a top objective in collective bargaining of most of the industrial unions in the country. As an indication of the scope of such employee benefit plans, the U. S. Department of Labor reported in mid-1950, in its Bulletin No. 1017, that 7,128,000 workers were covered by health and welfare plans. About two-thirds of these plans also embody pension plans. These workers are represented by the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the American Federation of Labor, and unaffiliated unions, and they comprised almost half the organized workers in the country at that

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