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November 7, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(10):921-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940270027007

A PHYSICIAN AND AN ECONOMIST LOOK AT OLD-AGE AND SURVIVORS INSURANCE  F. J. L. Blasingame, M.D., Wharton, Texas and Frank G. Dickinson, Ph.D., ChicagoThis article reflects the views of the authors and not necessarily the official policy of the American Medical Association. —Ed.The subject of social security is particularly important to members of the medical profession. Current proposals in Washington to include self-employed physicians under the benefits of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), as most employed physicians have been since 1950, make the question timely.

TOWNSEND PLAN  Physicians can speak out against the extension of OASI benefits without indulging in any kind of interprofessional mudslinging. One of the grandfathers of the idea of free pensions is a member of the medical profession, Dr. Francis E. Townsend. While a city health officer in Long Beach, Calif., he became famous for his pension plan before the enactment of the

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