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November 15, 1952

A Study of the National Health Service of Great Britain.

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By O. L. Peterson, M.D., Staff Member, Division of Medicine and Public Health, Rockefeller Foundation. Paper, loose-leaf. Pp. 108. Rockefeller Foundation, 49 W. 49th St., New York 20, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;150(11):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110100033

This study is a rather detailed analysis of the operation of the National Health Service of Great Britain. It does not attempt to evaluate the success or failure of this service but is intended only to provide an objective presentation of its functions. The reader is informed that the National Health Service was established in July of 1948, pursuant to the National Health Service Act of 1946 to provide adequate and comprehensive medical care for all the citizens of Great Britain. Under the plan, power over medical and public health services is centralized in the Ministry of Health (responsible to the Parliament), which includes the three major divisions of hospital, general medical, and local authority health services. The Central Health Services Council, appointed by the Minister of Public Health, is an advisory group composed of presidents of the various colleges of surgeons, physicians, obstetricians, and others representing the different sectors

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