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October 16, 1954

Management and Union Health and Medical Programs

JAMA. 1954;156(7):750. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070078028

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The employed population, according to this report, is distinctly and positively concerned about health and medical care. Every major union in recent years has included some reference to health and welfare in its employment negotiations. If this is so, then no other group has more influence on the ultimate nature and place of health services in our industrial society. In this compilation of factual descriptions of existing types of programs, no effort has been made at critical evaluation. Examples are provided to show the wide range of actual operation—from office type of diagnostic service to full coverage including hospital, home, office, and dental care. It would appear that the patterns are set. It is still not proved that this segmentalization of medical services is necessarily better, more efficient, or more reasonable. Further intensive and critical study is necessary. In this book the descriptions of specific plans are preceded by historical

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