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July 9, 1938

Sickness and Insurance: A Study of the Sickness Problem and Health Insurance

JAMA. 1938;111(2):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790280085026

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In general, this discussion of health insurance is more impartial and gives greater consideration to the attitude of the medical profession than the majority of the writings by the advocates of health insurance. There is one important qualification of this judgment. The reports of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care are accepted unreservedly, with the specific statement that "there has been general acceptance and little but praise of the fact-finding done." On the contrary, it is just the technic used in the "fact-finding" and the accuracy of the alleged facts concerning the basic features of amount and distribution of illness and medical care that have been most sharply challenged. The quotation from the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care (page 152) that "thousands of persons are sick and dying in this country because the knowledge and facilities that we have are inadequately applied" is a good example

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