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December 27, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(26):1954-1955. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610520044031

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To the Editor:  —There is cold comfort for the medical profession of New York in the editorial announcement in The Journal, December 6, p. 1774, of the coming effort of the governor of this state, backed by the New York State Federation of Labor, to put through the scheme for compulsory health insurance at the coming session of the state legislature.After wrestling with this matter for four years, the Medical Society of the State of New York has definitely gone on record against it. This step was taken at a special meeting of the House of Delegates called to discuss the subject. The New York County Medical Society has long been on record as opposed to the "principles" of compulsory health insurance. Nevertheless, much of the vitality of this measure has been due to the pleas for "constructive" work and for "study" of it by the influential not to

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