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April 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(13):1037-1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740130041013

Already in various communities some hospitals have embarked on hospital insurance plans with a view to solving their own financial problems, and perhaps with a view to taking advantage of the interest created by recent discussion of the costs of medical care. The Committee on the Costs of Medical Care in its majority report recommended voluntary insurance or group payment as a means of solving problems in the medical field, whereas the minority was inclined to condemn such plans as leading directly to compulsory insurance and state medicine. In The Journal, last week, some of the factors of danger involved in such plans were indicated. The diversity of plans offered, the disruption already apparent among hospitals and physicians in some parts of the country, and the propaganda used to promote "pet" schemes by interested endowments, are indications of the seriousness of the situation and of the need for more careful