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January 28, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(4):333-339. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800040051017

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM  The text of President Roosevelt's message to Congress January 23 proposing a National Health Program follows:"In my annual message to the Congress I referred to problems of health security. I take occasion now to bring this subject specifically to your attention in transmitting the report and recommendations on National Health prepared by the Inter-Departmental Committee to coordinate health and welfare activities."The health of the people is a public concern; ill health is a major cause of suffering, economic loss, and dependency; good health is essential to the security and progress of the nation."Health needs were studied by the Committee on Economic Security which I appointed in 1934 and certain basic steps were taken by the Congress in the Social Security Act. It was recognized at that time that a comprehensive health program was required as an essential link