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January 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030056016

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Governor Olson of California in his message to the California legislature on January 6 made a specific recommendation that "California adopt a system of universal compulsory health insurance." The governor said:

The need and demand for such insurance is amply demonstrated by the many plans proposed or already in operation, including that advanced by the medical association. These plans are all constructive in purpose and many of them are quite useful within their limits but, by their very nature, they cannot meet the broad needs of society.

There is but one method that is socially adequate. That is the method already applied to workmen's compensation insurance, old age insurance and unemployment insurance. It is the method applied to health insurance in twenty-four of the twenty-seven countries having health insurance; that is, by making it both universal and compulsory. In our Department of Employment, which administers unemployment insurance in California, we

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