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January 6, 1945

THE PEPPER COMMITTEE REPORT

JAMA. 1945;127(1):28. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860010030009

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Abstract

The Senate Subcommittee on Wartime Health and Education, a subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Health and Labor, has just issued its interim report. The Journal makes this report available in full in this issue. Attention should be called particularly to the emphasis on the use of government aid in the development of medical facilities where the need can be shown, government aid to medical education, medical research and the development of medical prepayment plans, and government assistance in certain situations in which the needs are clearly apparent for preventive medicine and for general health and planning toward a nationwide network of medical facilities.

The report makes no specific recommendation in regard to health insurance but does point out that some form of group financing is desirable. It considers voluntary prepayment plans, compulsory sickness insurance, tax supported medical service or various combinations of these methods as technics to

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