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January 16, 1937

Current Comment

JAMA. 1937;108(3):209-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030047017

EXTENSION OF MEDICAL SERVICE TO THE INDIGENT  For at least a quarter of a century the medical profession has been giving special consideration to the scientific, economic and social problems of providing medical care for all the people of a standard at least as good as that which now prevails. The House of Delegates of the Association has established definite principles to guide the medical profession in these matters. The fundamental points set forth in the policies established by the American Medical Association have been determined primarily with a view to conserving for medicine in the changing times those principles which are fundamental to the advancement of medical science and the best quality of medical service. Throughout the United States today hundreds of experiments in new forms of medical practice are being conducted—many of them under the auspices of organized medicine—with a view to meeting the needs that the changes in our civilization have made evident. Recognizing the situation that has developed, the Board of Trustees at a special session held in Chicago last week adopted the following resolution as a still further evidence of the willingness of organized medicine to do its utmost to meet these problems: