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December 1, 1956

The Administration of Health Insurance in Canada

JAMA. 1956;162(14):1347. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970310075022

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Today about 50% of Canada's population is enrolled in some type of health insurance plan. With attention concentrated primarily on the Blue Cross hospital care plans, the medical care plans sponsored by the provincial medical associations, and the hospital and social assistance medical care programs operated by the government, this study encompasses a total of 24 specific insurance plans. An evaluation of the various plans is based on detailed examination and description of the differing objectives, achievements, and problems of each type of plan. In developing his central theme of the task of administering health insurance, the author discusses extensively such matters as the determination of benefits and premiums and the effects of the individual plans on the physicians, hospitals, and patients involved. The author's personal observation provides the principal basis for a substantial part of the text. The 38 tables and figures that appear in the book and the

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