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May 25, 1946

THE TAFT-SMITH-BALL NATIONAL HEALTH BILL

JAMA. 1946;131(4):289-290. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870210025011

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Abstract

Senator Taft of Ohio introduced into the Senate early in May a program for health which was promptly hailed by the press as an opposition measure to the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill. The measure introduced by Senator Taft emphasized the creation of a national health agency under which all health functions of the federal government would be administered. This agency would be directed by an administrator for whom the Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service would substitute when necessary. The main portion of the bill would appropriate two hundred million dollars annually for the next five years to be allocated to the individual states in order that they might be encouraged to provide hospital, surgical and medical service for those in need or those able to pay only in part. The plans developed in the individual states would require approval by the Surgeon General of the United States Public

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