October 1977

A Legislator's View

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United States Senate Committee on Human Resources Washington, DC 20510

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(10):1172-1173. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120230118024

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Sir.—Dr Frederick North's article on my National Health Insurance for Mothers and Children Act (S.370) represents the type of thoughtful and detailed analysis so essential for the development of a rational national health policy. I certainly agree with Dr North that the time has come to test the feasibility of a universally available national health program by beginning with coverage for maternal and child health services. As he rightly suggests, we presently know how to prevent and alleviate much of the disease morbidity and mortality seen in pediatric and obstetrical practice. The only remaining question is whether we, as a nation, are willing to use this scientific knowledge to better the lives of the nation's children. I think this step provides not only a human and social but also an economic investment in our future. Furthermore, this phased approach toward national health insurance will permit government and the private

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