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October 21, 1950

PHARMACISTS DISAPPROVE COMPULSORY HEALTH PLAN

JAMA. 1950;144(8):690-691. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080092013

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Abstract

According to a recent poll by the American Druggist, the retail pharmacists of this nation believe that voluntary medical care plans offer a better solution than government compulsion for the health problems of the United States. More than three fourths of the pharmacists responding to the poll favor the voluntary way. Only 9 per cent were in favor of government-sponsored plans. The American Druggist poll, which was reported in its October issue, indicates a significant drop in the number of druggists favoring compulsion, as in 1949 more than 16 per cent were reported to favor government intervention. Editor John McPherrin attributes the sharp reversal to the forceful approach taken by the medical profession to defeat compulsory governmentcontrolled plans. The success achieved in promoting voluntary health insurance reflects public awareness of efforts to maintain freedom and defeat socialism. The American Druggist's poll shows the alertness of pharmacists in recognizing such efforts.

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