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Book and Media Reviews
June 1, 2011

Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine: The United States, France, and Japan

JAMA. 2011;305(21):2231-2232. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.731

In 1949, as part of its campaign opposing President Truman's national health insurance plan, the American Medical Association sent physicians posters with the caption “The Doctor: Keep Politics Out of This Picture” to display in their offices. In the 1990s and early 2000s, many states enacted patients' bill of rights statutes intended to limit the power of managed care organizations over physicians' decisions. Most recently, critics of the health care reform legislation passed by Congress in 2010 claim that it constitutes a “government takeover of health care.”