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February 10, 1945

THE COORDINATION OF MEDICAL AND BLUE CROSS PLANS

JAMA. 1945;127(6):321-325. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060019006

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Abstract

One of the most important problems facing many prepayment medical plans concerns the manner in which they shall cooperate with Blue Cross organizations. In approaching this problem, we must first of all recognize the more basic problem we are all trying to solve. That problem is to equalize the financial impact of sickness. It is generally agreed that the answer to this problem lies in the application of the insurance formula to the cost of medical care. There is considerable disagreement, however, about how such an insurance plan should be administered. Some people believe that a compulsory governmental plan is the answer. Others believe in the voluntary approach afforded by Blue Cross and medical prepayment plans.

In order to win the support of the public for such voluntary plans, it is essential that these plans do a good job without delay. No one should be deluded about the present success

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