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February 18, 1950

Current Comment

JAMA. 1950;142(7):490. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910250038013

INACTIVATION OF MILITARY MEDICAL HOSPITALS  Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson has ordered the inactivation or change in status of eighteen military medical hospitals within the continental United States. It has been estimated that this program will effect a reduction of about 8,000 hospital beds and will alleviate the shortage of physicians by permitting the assignment of approximately four hundred physicians to other locations in the military medical services. This is to be accomplished over a period of five months so that there will be no interference with medical care of patients. It has been reported that an annual savings of about $25,000,000 will be made by this move. Secretary of Defense Johnson's action will aid in enabling services to concentrate their most qualified personnel in the remaining hospitals and, if carried to completion, will aid considerably in alleviating the present shortage of medical personnel in the military services.