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December 30, 1950

DOES THE HEALTH OFFICER HAVE STATUS?Chairman's Address

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1950;144(18):1537-1538. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920180001001
Abstract

Health is the leading interest of the reading public for those over 40 years of age. Newspaper and magazine editors recognize this interest and capitalize on it. It is one of the most important issues before Congress. Wherever a group of people gather there is seldom agreement as to the best method for improving health. There are those who advocate placing the responsibility for providing good health for all in the hands of the federal government. Others have recognized serious dangers in such an approach—danger not only to America's democratic form of government but in the strong possibility that such a system would not result in health improvement, the very thing it is intended to accomplish.

The only sound plan for reducing the load of sickness is one which prevents illness. Compulsory health insurance cannot be expected to accomplish this. The magnitude of the administrative machinery incident to such a

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