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January 12, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(2):120-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970370034013

MEDICARE PICKING UP MOMENTUM  A new kind of medical care plan for some 2 million wives and children of persons in the U. S. uniformed forces is gathering momentum as Congress goes into session to authorize the program's multi-million-dollar cost.Medicare—the Dependents' Medical Care Actwent into effect Dec. 7 as part of the Defense Department's campaign to bolster enlistments and reenlistments for its large-scale "career incentive" program. Medicare is a pioneering venture in which the government is calling for the cooperation of all 7,000 hospitals and 141,000 practicing physicians in the nation. It was drafted last June to eliminate the cost of U. S. military hospital expansion and to prevent an alleged shortage of military physicians when the "doctor-draft" law expires July 1.The program will cost the taxpayers an estimated 60 to 70 million dollars a year. Congress, which opened its new session last week, has been asked to

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