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January 13, 1945

RURAL HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL CARE

JAMA. 1945;127(2):91-93. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860020035012
Abstract

At the third war conference of the American Hospital Association at Cleveland in October four papers on rural hospitalization offered much of interest to the physician, the hospital administrator and the social planner.

Carroll P. Streeter,1 managing editor of the Farm Journal, showed that rural areas demand health facilities equal to those of the cities, without charity and without compulsory health insurance. The farmers want better health service, preventive and curative, and they want to have a part in planning it. They want to pay for it on a voluntary, cooperative basis, according to Mr. Streeter. In support of his plea, he points out that farmers are now cooperating successfully in 2,742 buying cooperatives with 1,270,000 members and 600 million dollars worth of goods and services purchased. Moreover, he indicated that farmers have had "mutual irrigation companies, associations for the artificial breeding of dairy cattle, orchard spray rings, cooperative

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