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May 22, 1972

AMA Membership: Reprise

JAMA. 1972;220(8):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200080067019

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The central problem facing physicians today is the threat of a monolithic health care system which could place the quality and quantity of medical care under budgetary control in Washington and which would deprive physicians of certain basic civil and professional freedoms. No other country has succeeded in blending quality, quantity, and cost of medical care to the satisfaction of patient, physician, and accountant. It is ironic that, although a federalized health system would not solve this threefold problem, medicine must take steps to solve the problem if a federalized health system is to be avoided. The American Medical Association maintains that the closest approach to a solution will be attained through a pluralistic system such as now exists in this country. It is toward the preservation of this viable system that the AMA is working.

Much of what the AMA can accomplish to protect the interests of its members