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February 17, 1917

Compulsory Health Insurance

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Silvis, Ill.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(7):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020230029

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To the Editor:  —Your invitation to discuss health insurance is too attractive to be ignored. During the past eight months I have read many articles by American physicians on the subject, and I have been saddened by the general tone of quiescent acceptance. Those advocating insurance are entirely altruistic. This group is not composed of employers, but employers will welcome the move so far as it increases economic efficiency better than other methods. The altruistic workers are depending on the medical profession to educate the insured to want insurance and to keep its own remuneration low enough to make the plan feasible.Dr. Lambert has had unequaled opportunity, and is probably the best informed man in the medical profession on this subject. He makes no mention of advantages pro or con, but contents himself with discussing details. This assumption that the thing must be I consider a mistake. It is

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