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September 23, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(4):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040031011

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It is encouraging to review the great advances which have been made in the development of voluntary health insurance in recent years. These advances are evident both as to the number of persons protected and the quality of health insurance benefits.

The 1950 revision of "Voluntary Prepayment Medical Care Plans," published by the Council on Medical Service and its Committee on Prepayment Hospital and Medical Service, gives ample proof of the growth of medical society (including Blue Shield) prepayment benefit plans during the past few years. This brochure outlines the main features of the principal plans in the United States as well as many of the Canadian plans. In addition, the current revision contains a brief history of voluntary plans, including some experiments in this field being undertaken by Blue Shield and other insurance plans.

When the Council on Medical Service was created, one of the first activities was the

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