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April 3, 1943

EXTENSION OF PUBLIC HEALTH COVERAGE TO THE NATION

JAMA. 1943;121(14):1155-1156. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840140039010

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Abstract

Forty million of our people live in communities or in areas in which there is no access to the full time services of a professionally trained medical officer of health and the associated sanitarians and public health nurses of a local health department of civil government. On June 10, 1942 the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association unanimously voted its approval of extension of such services. Now the Committee on Administrative Practice, one of the standing committees of the American Public Health Association, has offered a plan to improve the situation.

Tax supported public health services have been distributed unevenly and not in all respects in relation to sanitary needs or in proportion to the population units of local government. In fact, there are conditions of local government, cities, townships and counties, in which duplicating and to some extent conflicting health services are provided because of local rivalries

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