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December 25, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;109(26):65B-72B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520147046

County Medical Societies and Group Hospitalization  A Statement Prepared by the Bureau of Medical EconomicsThe House of Delegates at the Atlantic City session this year adopted the following principles, "in the interest of fairness, efficiency, and greater security," to be observed in any plan of hospital insurance:

  1. The plan of organization should conform to state statutes and case law. The majority of the governing body of the hospital insurance plan should be chosen from among members of official hospital groups and members of medical societies. Great care should be taken to assure the nonprofit character of these new ventures.

  2. The plan should include all reputable hospitals. The qualifications of the participating hospitals should be closely supervised. Member hospitals should be limited to those on the Hospital Register of the American Medical Association or to those approved by the state departments of public health or other state agencies