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To the Editor:—
After reading Dr. George Baehr's description of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, as published in The Journal (143:637, June 17, 1950), one would think that the subscribers and physicians concerned had arrived in Medical Utopia. The estimable reputation of the author is sufficient assurance of his sincerity. However, it should be pointed out that some of the statements made were either incomplete or inaccurate.The benefits accruing to both patients and physicians from group practice as opposed to individual practice cannot be disputed. Because of this I became senior internist in a component group of the Health Insurance Plan when it began operations early in 1947. At the end of eighteen months neither I nor nearly one half of the group's physicians accepted the Health Insurance Plan's request to renew their contracts, which expired at that time.In relating the history of the
Kleefield EA. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN OF GREATER NEW YORK. JAMA. 1950;143(16):1445–1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910510063022