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September 10, 1949


JAMA. 1949;141(2):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910020033013

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Washington Letter  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 6, 1949.

Congressional Group to Study British Health System  Some members of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee were scheduled to leave Washington September 10 for the British Isles and the Continent to study European health insurance programs. The committee clerk withheld announcement of the itinerary, names of participating committee members and other salient information. Washington writers and commentators commonly refer to such trips as junkets at public expense. Committees, accordingly, disclose only a minimum of information on a visit of this kind. Representative J. Percy Priest, chairman of the subcommittee on health legislation, is not making the trip. Among members of the subcommittee who are expected to make the flight, by military air transport, are Representatives Biemiller, Wilson and Scott. "The committee hopes to secure information that will be helpful in considering legislation now pending before it," said the announcement. The

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