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October 13, 1956

A STATEWIDE PROGRAM FOR HOSPITALIZATION OF THE INDIGENT

JAMA. 1956;162(7):630-632. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240012005
Abstract

• The provision of hospital care for the indigent in Florida has been a responsibility of the individual county governments, but the unevenness of budgeting and frequent evasion of responsibility has made the county line, for some patients, a barrier to good medical care. Recent legislation has made it possible to initiate a program for hospitalizing the acutely ill indigent by creating a state and county matching fund out of which payments can be made directly to hospitals for the costs of caring for certified indigents. Further decisions will have to be made conconcerning outpatient care for the indigent and compensation to physicians for indigent medical care. The Florida Medical Association has authorized a foundation fund to promote graduate medical education in hospitals, provide outpatient care for the indigent, and encourage better medical care throughout the state. It is recognized that indigence itself is a disease that needs to eradicated, and that the primary purpose of medical care must be rehabilitation of the patient to independence.

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