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March 30, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(13):1268-1269. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810130130011

The United States is not the only country in which there is some agitation for a complete state system of hospital services. As is pointed out by Mr. A. V. J. Hinds,1 of Great Britain, this is a thought that occurs to any individual who finds himself subjected to the visitation of the collectors for the nonprofit voluntary hospitals. It disturbs also the people who have been contributing to hospitals in the past and now find their taxes so great that they must cut down their contributions. Indeed, governmentally minded persons themselves in their agitation for a discontinuance of voluntary hospitals urge that complete administration by the state would free many people from these personal annoyances. Of course persons who are interested in hospitals from the point of view of professional relationships might feel that the benefits to be derived from freedom of action are worth considerably more than