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December 29, 1956

MEDICAL CARE FOR THE NEEDY

JAMA. 1956;162(18):1626. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970350042014

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Abstract

While it has been said over and over again, it must be repeated once more—if doctors do not participate in the planning of medical care programs, they will eventually be practicing under conditions forced on them by nonmedical administrators, who have no understanding of the practice of medicine, local problems, or existing resources. Recent amendments to the Social Security Act, to become effective next year, will inaugurate an additional and at the same time separate program of medical and "remedial" care for those persons now taken care of by established public assistance programs. Many state governments are already formulating plans to take advantage of the extra grantin-aid money this expanded federal program will allow them. It is not too early for the medical profession to ascertain who in state and local government will be responsible for administering this particular plan and to confer with these officials in order to arrange

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