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August 7, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(6):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320038017

Senator J. Hamilton Lewis of Illinois introduced in the Senate, July 28, a joint resolution1 "To provide medical aid for the needy and the stricken with illness who are unable because of poverty to provide treatment and hospitalization; also to establish all licensed medical practitioners as civil officers of National Government." The resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Finance, would in effect relieve the states of all responsibility and expense for the medical and hospital care of the indigent sick and injured within their respective borders and would bring the medical profession and all hospitals under federal control so far as might be necessary for the purposes of medical and hospital relief. Senator Lewis proposes to organize the medical profession and the hospitals of the United States to care for and treat, at the expense of the federal government and in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated