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January 31, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(5):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660310055024

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National Health Insurance  The national health insurance scheme is once more to be placed in the melting pot. A royal commission has been appointed to inquire into its working. The British Medical Association has therefore prepared in advance a draft memorandum of evidence, which it intends to place before the commission. The important fact is first emphasized that the organization of a national health insurance scheme is not necessarily, or even probably, the best means of utilizing limited resources for the promotion of national health. It is more than likely that there are a number of other directions in which, severally or collectively, a corresponding expenditure would produce an even more satisfactory return. Such are: (1) proper housing; (2) town planning, with the proper provision of open spaces and recreation facilities; (3) smoke abatement; (4) a pure milk supply; (5) public house reform and the regulation of the sale of

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