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September 2, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(1):46-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920010048010

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"The Sad Case of Waiting-Room Willie," a 16 page visual presentation in "comic book" form in color has just been published by the Committee on Public Medical Education of the Baltimore City Medical Society, to dramatize the unfavorable aspects of socialized medicine in a form that is readable, entertaining and nontechnical enough to reach all the voters. Briefly, the story of Willie is a collection of incidents, most of them from factual reports of occurrences under socialized medicine plans in other countries, but all happening to one poor waif, who is really sick and unable to get medical care under the New Utopia because the doctors he tries to consult are overrun with unsick patients who have also paid their health taxes and have an equal right "under the law" to take up the doctors' time. A copy of the book is available for inspection, and copies may be purchased

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