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September 25, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(4):297-298. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900040041009

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The National Health Assembly apparently has culminated in a book called "The Nation's Health: A Ten-Year Program," obtainable for $1 from the Superintendent of Documents in Washington. As any one with knowledge of the background could have predicted, the report is devoted largely to arguments in support of a government health insurance program, principally emphasis on the alleged parlous state of the health of the American people. The answers to the nation's health problem developed by the Ewing report include, first, more doctors, dentists, nurses and other auxiliary medical personnel; second, the addition of 600,000 hospital beds by 1960, and, third, a nationwide compulsory sickness insurance plan. Here are the same old figures that the proponents of government medicine have been launching at periodic intervals for the last twenty or thirty years. Some of them are requoted in a Washington Letter in this issue of The Journal. These undocumented statistics

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