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To the Editor:
—The letter of Drs. Lawrence S. Kubie and Robert E. Cooke in the Aug 18 issue of The Journal (181:653), concerning the merits of the King-Anderson bill, includes the statement that "The Bill involves no interference with the individual's right to choose his own doctor for homecare..."There was one clause in the bill to which little attention was paid. I refer to the one which stated that out-patient diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory services) would be rendered only in hospitals, thereby excluding the services of the radiologist and pathologist in private practice. Do Drs. Kubie and Cooke consider these fields not a part of medical practice? The passage of a bill containing this clause would surely mean the destruction of the private practice of the radiologist and pathologist.My colleagues have maintained that the patient and his referring physician be given a free choice as
Fine A. King-Anderson Bill. JAMA. 1963;183(1):74. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700010114026
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