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November 24, 1945

THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM— THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

JAMA. 1945;129(13):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860470034010

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Abstract

In the Organization Section of this issue of The Journal appears the complete text of the message of President Harry S. Truman to the Congress, delivered on November 19. The text was received as The Journal was going to press. The President presents a five point program. The measures proposed by the Hill-Burton bill for increased funds for hospitals and health centers throughout the nation are covered by his first point. The American Medical Association has approved the principles of the Hill-Burton bill subject to safeguards which are in the text reported by the committee which conducted hearings on this measure.

The second recommendation of the President is for expanded maternal and child health services—essentially those proposed by the Pepper bill. It should be apparent that the passing of a nationwide compulsory sickness insurance bill ought to make unnecessary the kind of proposals included under the Pepper Maternal and Child

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