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January 1948

Medicine in the Changing Order.

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Report of the Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order of the New York Academy of Medicine. Price, $2. Pp. 232. New York: Commonwealth Fund, Division of Publications, 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(1):124-125. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020133019

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Abstract

The report of the Committee incorporates in one volume the major criticisms which have been directly or indirectly leveled at the medical profession in the United States. The reader is presented with an exposition of the great deficit that exists today in the availability of medical service to all the people.

Medical service of good quality cannot be provided through insurance, either voluntary or compulsory. "We do know from European experience that under national compulsory insurance even as the general level of medical practice is lowered, its costs are raised."

The medical student, after four years of study in a medical center and graduate experience of from one to five years in the same, or another, medical center, has been taught to rely on the diagnostic facilities of such a center to the extent that he cannot practice his profession without these services.

Subsidization of the practice of medicine will

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