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April 14, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(15):1009-1010. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150053018

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To the Editor:—  Certain statements and conclusions in Dr. Lester H. Perry's article entitled "The Coordination of Medical and Blue Cross Plans" in The Journal, February 10, could be set with advantage in proper relationship to the facts. The Perry presentation was excellent and his conclusions are sound for the most part; this article is not intended as a criticism of his efforts but to complement them, since he apparently was not acquainted with the best instance to complete his case. He should have known about Oregon and Washington.Doctors of the Pacific Northwest states have established that a cooperative prepaid medical and hospital service plan, sponsored and operated by regular physicians, can continue successfully without any reference to the Blue Cross plan, and certainly without the slightest tendency to succumb to the administrative or other domination of the hospital organizations. Why they have not succumbed to the general trend

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