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July 16, 1949

Voluntary Medical Care Insurance in the United States

JAMA. 1949;140(11):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900460063032

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According to the jacket of this work the book will answer two questions: 1. Is voluntary medical care insurance here to stay? 2. Will it eventually be made part of a broad national health program or succumb before legislation for compulsory health insurance? The book traces the history of voluntary insurance in the United States and the various methods of medical practice and concludes that voluntary medical insurance can serve selected economic groups only. Professor Goldmann is convinced that the idea of a nationwide program of voluntary medical care insurance is unrealistic, and he feels that in the long run the public will not be satisfied with prepayment plans which meet only a part of its total medical care needs and that physicians cannot be expected to be content with plans which disregard preventive services for the apparently healthy, do only half a job for the sick and impede the

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