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October 7, 1944

MEDICAL SOCIETY PREPAYMENT PROGRAMSLESSONS LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS

JAMA. 1944;126(6):341-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850410011006
Abstract

America and our profession are caught in the toils of a cyclically recurring world crisis. In the current phase of crisis we must attempt to discern and anticipate future patterns of medical practice. Only thus can we guide inevitable readjustments into channels which will preserve the basic values and achievements of our free profession.

These challenging days confront us with new demands, three of which seem to have crystallized clearly; first, to produce and distribute, in cooperation with other properly interested agencies, good medical care across the entire face and into all segments of our nation; second, to accept the intent of the American people to transfer medical care of the indigent from its present base of professional responsibility as a charity to a community responsibility through taxation; third, to devise mechanisms which will provide the wage earning and moderate income segment of the American populace with a mode of

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