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January 28, 1939

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM

JAMA. 1939;112(4):330. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800040048013
Abstract

Elsewhere in this issue1 appears the complete text of the President's message with which he sent the report of the Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Health and Welfare Activities to the Congress of the United States.

The President's message calls attention to the fact that this report is the outgrowth of the National Health Conference which was held in Washington in July and of conferences by the Interdepartmental Committee with special committees representing various organizations in the medical and the health fields. The President points out that he has been particularly concerned by evidence of inequalities that exist among the states as to personnel and facilities for health services and by equally serious inequalities of resources and medical facilities and services in different sections and among different economic groups. "The objective of a National Health Program," he says, "is to make available in all parts of our country and for

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