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July 28, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(13):1246-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130068022

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The Future of the Medical Profession.  —Dr Peter M. Hoist, who is at the head of a section of the Oslo City Hospital at Ullevaal, recently gave an address in which he discussed both the influence of compulsory health insurance on the nation and the outlook for the medical profession. He pointed out that compulsory health insurance has expanded enormously since 1912 and that no political party in the country is likely to oppose the fundamental principles on which it is based. He said, in effect: Norwegian doctors are so familiar with health insurance that they ought to be able to give an opinion on it. He claimed that voluntary health insurance is usually an expression of the qualities of responsibility and survival instinct, every wise and provident person being willing to offer much to avoid misfortune. But he queried the proposition that the same can be said of compulsory

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