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May 13, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(19):1972-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800190086021

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HEARINGS ON SENATE BILL 1620, THE SO-CALLED WAGNER NATIONAL HEALTH BILL  On May 4, 1939, Senator Robert F. Wagner appeared before the Senate Committee on Education and Labor to present a statement on the National Health Bill. Briefly, Senator Wagner called attention to previous legislation for health, including the Sheppard-Towner Act, the Social Security Act and the legislation establishing the National Cancer Institute. He pointed out that the President had sent the National Health Program with its considerations to Congress for further study.Senator Wagner pointed out that the costs of medical care have increased as our resources of medical skill, facilities and personnel have advanced, but that inequalities in the distribution of medical care have been widened. He also said that the National Health Bill was drafted in response to a plea from the people that our government take health from the list of luxuries to be bought

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