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April 9, 1949

Current Comment

JAMA. 1949;139(15):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900320035014

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THE HILL BILL FOR EXTENSION OF MEDICAL CARE  Elsewhere in this issue (page 1007) appears an abstract of a bill introduced into the Senate of the United States on March 30 by Senator Lister Hill and four other senators associated with him. The bill proposes allocation of federal funds to the individual states, so that state authorities, established in the field of medical care, may secure voluntary hospitalization and sickness insurance policies for persons unable to pay the costs of medical care either in whole or in part. On the local and state authorities is placed the responsibility for determining the need of the persons concerned in each instance. Provision is made for aiding hospitals, health centers and diagnostic institutes so that they may render necessary services to those unable to pay. The measure would thus make effective as law several of the most significant points in the twelve point

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