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December 10, 1938

Health Insurance with Medical Care: The British Experience

JAMA. 1938;111(24):2235-2236. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790500073026

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An entertaining style and numerous personal illustrations and observations make this book easy reading and illuminative of many sides of the problem of medical care in England. There is also a full treatment of the health activities in England largely based on the "Report on the British Health Services" by P E P (Political and Economic Planning) which presents a much more rounded picture than has been given in previous discussions.

The one contribution which the reader has a right to expect from the first extensive work on this subject by an American physician is an evaluation of the medical service given under health insurance. There is an elaborate attempt to give such an evaluation but it can scarcely be said to be successful.

The key to the entire attitude of the book is found in the statement concerning the sources of information. The authors state that they "arrived well

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