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October 15, 1949


JAMA. 1949;141(7):477. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910070049019

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To the Editor:—  Let me compliment your editorial on "Financing of Hospitals" in The Journal, September 10. I should like to make one or two observations, not in criticism but by way of comment. Dr. J. F. Kimball and I originated the group plan of hospital care for the public. In many instances the plans have come into the hands of opportunists and have not been improved since originally formulated. The spread of cost of hospital care over a group is the best plan found thus far for this expense.Thanks to good doctors, the cost for hospital care today is the lowest in the history of our nation. The percentage of the family income for hospital costs in major surgery is less today than it was forty years ago, or even twenty-five years ago when I first came into hospital management. Forty years ago, for major abdominal surgery the

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