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April 2, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(14):1090-1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680400046021

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Government Against State Medical Service  In accordance with their socialistic views, the labor party is always demanding the development of the national health insurance system into a complete state medical service in which the physician would be simply a government official. The attitude of the government is shown in a speech by Sir Kingsley Wood, parliamentary secretary to the ministry of health, at the opening of a convalescent home. He said that there was an increasing demand for convalescent home treatment, which had undoubtedly proved of great benefit. As a result of the second valuation of approved societies, an annual sum of $1,000,000 had been provided for convalescent home treatment and, in addition, nearly $1,500,000 a year for payment to hospitals. No fewer than 2,200 schemes, already approved by the ministry of health, included payments for members going into convalescent homes. The number of members covered by societies in those

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