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November 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(13):1243. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300043017

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Like many of you, I recently received a four-page brochure urging the compulsory coverage of physicians under the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance provisions of the Social Security Act. This brochure, which gives the subject a quick and easy, "once over lightly" treatment based on questionable facts and figures, is from the committee on social security for doctors of the Physicians Forum.

The source of this material should immediately cast doubt on the accuracy and objectivity of its message. Most physicians will recall that the Physicians Forum was the only medical organization in the country that supported national compulsory health insurance and will not look kindly on any cause that it supports. Nevertheless, this is an issue on which there is room for honest differences of opinion based on facts rather than propaganda. The stepped-up activity of the Physicians Forum should stimulate all members of the profession to learn the facts

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