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May 13, 1939

THE WAGNER NATIONAL HEALTH BILL

JAMA. 1939;112(19):1969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800190083018

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Abstract

In the Organization Section of this issue of The Journal appear statements of hearings held before the Senate Committee on Education and Labor last week, before which appeared Senator Wagner himself, Miss Josephine Roche and later Dr. Arthur W. Booth, representing the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. Previously representatives of many farm agencies had appeared before the Senate committee urging legislation to increase federal expenditure for health. At a subsequent date representatives of some of the various state medical societies will appear before the Senate committee, as will also a group of representatives of the American Medical Association.

Easily apparent thus far is the failure of the Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Health and Welfare Activities to be influenced to any considerable extent by the various agencies which appointed committees to consult with the committee. When the President of the United States sent the National Health Program to

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