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April 17, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(3):49-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160025004

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The American Medical Association proposed a series of changes in the Medicare program and urged Congress to check further expansion which "will place added pressure on the costs of health care, already the concern of all of us."

Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, AMA President Charles L. Hudson, MD, protries of the free world which have gone further in establishing government health programs," Dr. Hudson declared.

He told the lawmakers that medicaid, or Title 19, "has the two principal features organized medicine believes are essential to sound government health care programs:

"First, it helps those who need help.

"We believe it is possible for the Congress, the medical profession and others interested in the subject to develop a new mechanism for delivering medical care to people over 65 that would be more consistent with existing private sector mechanisms," he said.

One possibility, he added, "might be to