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November 16, 1957

MEDICAL CARE PROGRAM, U. M. W. A. WELFARE AND RETIREMENT FUND

Author Affiliations

Executive Medical Officer Welfare and Retirement Fund United Mine Workers of America 907 15th St. N.W. Washington 5, D. C.

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1484-1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290124018

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I believe it would be of genuine interest to many members of the American Medical Association to read the statement which I presented to the Reference Committee on Miscellaneous Business on June 5, 1957, at the time it was considering the "Suggested Guides." This statement, which will make my position honestly known to everyone, is as follows:In consideration of the numerous references to the medical care program of the U. M. W. A. Welfare and Retirement Fund which have appeared in medical journals, the public press and elsewhere, the following information is presented:The task of providing medical care for the miners and their families was assumed by the Fund in 1948 because the unnecessary suffering, disability and preventable deaths due to inadequate medical care, or none at all, were shocking to all who knew the facts. The report of a Medical Survey of the Bituminous

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