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July 22, 1950


Author Affiliations

Committee on Public Medical Education, Baltimore City Medical Society.

JAMA. 1950;143(12):1113. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470073021

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To the Editor:—  A great many persons speak of socialized medicine as an ogre which may overtake and destroy us willynilly. Such is not the case. The physicians of this country do not have to accept socialized medicine even if the bill for National Compulsory Health Insurance is passed. The government may pass the law and tax the people, but it cannot force physicians to give up their private practices and become government employees, unless they so desire. At least, the government cannot do this unless we go much further along toward Russian methods than we have already gone.Entirely too little stress has been placed, in the campaign against socialized medicine, on the fact that we are free agents and do not have to become government employees except by our own volition. It is true that the government will try to browbeat and bribe the majority of doctors into

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