March 1969

Medical Plans and Health Care.

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By Jerome L. Schwartz, DPH. Price, $16.75. Pp 333, with 10 figures and 92 tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(3):352-353. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300130134024

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This reviewer is, perhaps unhappily, one of those compulsive people who feels obligated to read a book quite carefully, all the way through, before formulating a judgment of it. I usually enjoy this, but reluctantly, I must admit that in the present instance, I have paid rather dearly for my zeal; conscientious reading of this book has been quite a chore.

The stated purpose of the study is to find out whether consumer participation in policy making has any effect, good or bad, on the benefit structure and effective operation of health care financing plans. A five-page first chapter is devoted to setting forth the content of the preceding sentence.

The 1967 edition of The Source Book of Health Insurance (New York: The Health Insurance Council) records that in the United States in 1966, there were 1,045 insurance companies (75 Blue Cross, 75 Blue Shield, and nearly 600 independent companies)

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