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In contemporary times, when much thought has been or should be given by physicians to the proposals advanced in the Forand resolution, let us not overlook the physician who may be in need of financial aid. The application of the federal proposal is confined to citizens over 65 years of age. The title of this editorial implies no temporal restriction. A physician in need of provisional or long-term aid may be a recent graduate of medical school stricken with poliomyelitis or a physician no longer able to practice because of age or chronic illness.
The medical profession in some states has grappled with the problem squarely and has responded with a plan of action. States with the largest physician population have accepted their responsibilities for a long period of time. The California Medical Association underwrites a nonprofit corporation which provides benefits for needy physicians and their families. The fund is
THE NEEDY AND THE NEAR-NEEDY PHYSICIAN. JAMA. 1960;172(5):457. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020050049017