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October 16, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;123(7):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420032013

FEDERAL FUNDS FOR RELOCATION OF PHYSICIANS  The President has transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives supplemental estimates for the Public Health Service amounting to $4,427,550. Of this sum $2,350,000 will be used, it is proposed, for an extended program of malaria control for the United States' share of a joint Anglo-American venereal disease control program for the protection of soldiers stationed in the Caribbean area "and for the supplying by the Public Health Service, on request of state authorities, of needed medical and dental care, either by temporary financial aid or by direct employment of doctors and dentists, in certain critical areas where acute shortages have developed which cannot be met without recourse to emergency measures." The transmitted estimates, pending in the House Committee on Appropriations, contain the following proviso:Provided, That the Surgeon General is authorized, on request of a state health department, (1) to assign