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February 11, 1956

SUMMARY OF SURVEY OF PHYSICIANS' ATTITUDES TOWARD VOLUNTARY HEALTH INSURANCE

JAMA. 1956;160(6):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960410045012

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Abstract

The Council on Medical Service, through its Committee on Prepayment Medical and Hospital Service, has conducted a Survey of Physicians' Attitudes toward Voluntary Health Insurance. Attitudes and opinions are important factors in the lives of most people. They influence not only the day-to-day routines but many long-range plans as well. With health insurance of some type being carried by or for over 100 million Americans, the sum total of the opinions and attitudes has a significant influence upon the lives of a substantial proportion of our population. A summary of the survey is being published in pamphlet form and is scheduled for early distribution. In preparing for the survey, the Committee conferred with representatives of Blue Shield and other interested groups.

The survey included 15,000 physicians selected at random from American Medical Association records. Prior to the random sampling, the cards for graduates subsequent to 1948 were removed to assure,

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