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November 29, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(22):1701-1702. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480051019

In England, the medical profession and the public are apparently in a state of readjustment. Social insurance in the four years preceding the war, the needs and emergencies of war times, and the discussion of the last year culminating in the creation of a national health ministry, all have combined to arouse and concentrate interest and discussion on the improvement of medical services. An experiment now being carried on in Glasgow is, therefore, of special interest. Dr. David McKail, lecturer on public health at St. Mungo's College, and Mr. William Jones, clerk and treasurer of the Glasgow Insurance Committee, have worked out a plan for a public medical service as a substitute for the social insurance scheme now in operation. Beginning with a criticism of social insurance, which they condemn for failure to provide any form of institutional treatment and for furnishing medical services to only about one third of