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March 4, 1961

Hospitalization and Socialization

Author Affiliations

Intern, Weld County General Hospital Sixteenth St. at Seventeenth Ave. Greeley, Colo.

JAMA. 1961;175(9):822-823. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090082026

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Due to the recent fervor of a large part of our population to try to get something for nothing through socialization, especially in regard to socialization of medicine, I have recently done some extensive research on how long persons stay in the hospital and how large the amounts of the hospital bills become for persons who paid their own bills, for persons whose bills were paid in total or in part by Blue Cross, and for persons whose bills were paid by government agencies at Weld County General Hospital. It should be noted that payment for all persons receiving government medical aid under the categories of Aid to the Blind, Aid to Dependent Children, and Old Age Pension is paid by government agencies through Blue Cross so that the Blue Cross figures also include government-paid bills.The study was done on patients admitted between Jan. 1, 1960,

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