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Editorials
April 1962

Quality and Cost of Medical Care

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(4):294. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040303002

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Abstract

The proponents of socialized medicine argue that our system of voluntary free-enterprise medical care fails to give sufficiently high quality of care at a cost within reach of a sufficiently large proportion of the population. On the other side, the opponents of socialized medicine, and these include the great majority of practicing physicians, believe that the public fares better in quality of medical care in the United States than in countries with socialized medicine as in England and, further, that the total cost to the public is far less under our present system than with government control. The expensive wastefulness of medical care in Veterans Facility Hospitals is cited as an example.

The public is understandably bewildered and confused by the conflicting and contradictory statements and statistics presented by politicians and labor organizers eager to extend government control of medicine versus the data presented by the organized medical profession dedicated

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