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February 17, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(7):398. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860070030010

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In the Organization Section in this issue of The Journal appears an analysis of various proposals made to the 1945 legislature of the state of California relative to the care of the sick. The analysis covers only bills introduced before Jan. 27, 1945, although there are altogether some thirteen bills now before the legislature dealing with various aspects of medical care. The measure proposed by the Congress of Industrial Organizations would create a California health insurance commission on which there would be one physician out of a total of nine members. The state would be divided into areas, in each of which there would be directors, councils, appeal bodies and similar agencies typical of the expansive bureaucracies inevitable under such a plan. Attempts have been made in this proposal to meet the ideas of free choice of physician and fee for service when that is given by specialists.

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