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July 10, 1948

MEDICAL CARE OF THE INDIGENT AGED IN WASHINGTON STATE

Author Affiliations

Director, Bureau of Medical Economic Research Chicago

JAMA. 1948;137(11):987-988. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.82890450015021b

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Abstract

Washington state has provided medical care for the recipients of old age pensions; they constitute about two fifths of all the residents of Washington over 64 years of age. In 1941 the voters approved Initiative No. 141, "The Senior Citizens Grant Act," establishing a new method of handling the medical care costs of the approximately 60,000 citizens of that state who receive old age pensions. Mr. Odin W. Anderson presents an analysis of this program in his book "Administration of Medical Care: Problems and Issues" (Research Series 2, Bureau of Public Health Economics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1947).

This study covers the four year period April 1941 to March 1945; the plan was in operation until April 1947. The biennial appropriations rose from $5.5 million to $8 million or from $44 to $68 per year. The services included medical, dental, hospital and nursing care,

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