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January 27, 1917

HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION

Author Affiliations

Chairman, Committee on Social Insurance, American Medical Association NEW YORK

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(4):257-262. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010257007

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Abstract

At the recent Conference on Social Insurance, at Washington, several medical men voiced the opinion that it would be possible to give better medical service to sick persons of moderate means and to the sick poor than is given today. True, in many of the hospitals, the sick poor now receive the best that medicine can give. The rich and the well-to-do can buy an equally good service. But it is impossible for self-respecting people of small means who pay their bills to obtain from the profession the medical services they should have or for the profession to give them this desired grade of service under present conditions. The science of medicine has grown so extensively that no one man can give everything to his patients. There must be the cooperation of several men to obtain really adequate medical service today. This is best perfected in the group method as

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