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July 21, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(12):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290042011

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On June 22 the Council on Medical Service and Public Relations of the American Medical Association, meeting with the Board of Trustees, developed a program for the extension of health and medical care in the United States, published elsewhere in this issue. This program is so direct in its statements of objectives to be achieved that it requires little interpretation. By it the Association supports improvement in nutrition, housing and living conditions that are fundamental to good health. Again it places the American Medical Association behind the extension of qualified public health and preventive medical service. The program recognizes that plans for insurance against the costs of hospitalization on a voluntary basis have now been sufficiently developed to warrant support, although some controversial questions have not yet been satisfactorily settled. The care of the indigent, for which there are no suitable provisions under existing or proposed national or other compulsory

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