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October 14, 1950

PREPAYMENT PLANS AND RESTRAINT OF TRADE

JAMA. 1950;144(7):552. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070040014

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Abstract

Elsewhere in this issue (page 555) appears a condensation of a preliminary opinion in an Oregon case involving the legality under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of prepayment medical care plans as operated by the Oregon State Medical Society and certain county and regional societies. The legality of the plans was upheld. The issues involved in the case were of the utmost importance, and the conclusions reached by federal Judge McColloch may well serve to clarify the thinking of those who pretend to see in medically sponsored prepayment medical care plans a motivation to monopolize the field by forcing restraints on others.

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