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July 12, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(2):122-125. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820280044014

GROUP PRACTICE  In 1932 the Bureau of Medical Economics made a study of group practice.1 At that time 239 groups gave information as to their make-up. A second study of the same subject, just completed, gives an opportunity for comparison. It was found that about 100 of the groups that existed in 1932 had disappeared, but a much more thorough search for groups, supplemented by the assistance of the secretaries of county medical societies, secured returns from 335 groups.Two qualifications were required for classification as groups: first, there had to be at least three physician members; and second, receipts from medical practice had to be pooled in some manner and then redistributed to members according to some previously arranged plan.Within recent years a peculiar type of propaganda for group practice has arisen to confuse the situation. This propaganda assumes an imaginary "model type" of group which