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November 5, 1938


Author Affiliations

Director, Division of Adult Hygiene, Massachusetts Department of Public Health BOSTON

JAMA. 1938;111(19):1747-1749. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790450029008

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Adequate care for the sick presupposes the existence and the use of adequate facilities. Both economics and education are integral parts of the problem of adequate medical care. If the economic structure of society were such that all could afford adequate service, many would not get it through lack of proper information. The individual must be able to recognize the need of seeking service, he must avail himself of the resources available, and either he or some one for him must finance the service. Care by physicians, dentists, hospitals and nurses and the providing of pharmaceutic products are the chief needs, and the bulk of all moneys expended are for these services.

Disease is of two types, the acute and the chronic. The demands made by chronic illness are greater because of the long periods of disability and often because of the patient's failure ever to resume his customary work.

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