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May 10, 1952

General Medical Care Programs in Local Health Departments: A Report to the Subcommittee on Medical Care, Committee on Administrative Practice, American Public Health Association

JAMA. 1952;149(2):208-209. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190110040

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This is one of several studies prepared by the staff of the Subcommittee on Medical Care of the Committee on Administrative Practice of the American Public Health Association. For the purpose of this study, the authors have undertaken to describe the medical services provided by local health departments for welfare recipients and the medically indigent.

As a preliminary step, the subcommittee addressed a questionnaire to every full-time local health department in the United States. On the basis of this questionnaire and supplementary data from state health officers, a list of 62 local health departments administering general medical care programs was compiled. This list represents approximately 5% of all full-time health departments; the only geographic concentration of this health department function is in Maryland, where all 23 counties are a part of a state-wide program. The remaining 39 counties and cities are located in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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