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March 30, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;104(13):1182-1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760130132017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)March 9, 1935.Whither National Health Insurance?In previous letters it has been shown that the further socialization of medicine is a primary object of the labor party and that the future of health insurance depends on whether that party again attains power, a danger that is generally admitted. In 1930, when this party was in power, the British Medical Association brought forward a scheme for a state medical service for the whole population. This great plunge into further medical socialism was not proposed because of any desire for it on the part of the profession or of the association but to forestall a possible scheme of the labor government. Soon afterward the prodigal finance of that government brought the country to the brink of ruin. There was a first class financial crisis and the pound crashed. The crushing defeat of the labor party followed

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