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February 9, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(6):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970410046015

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Once again, our British cousins find themselves confronted with new hazards as a result of allowing their government to administer the practice of medicine. The newest incident arising from "socialized" medicine in England stems from the government going back on its word to the doctors. Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (page 484) are statements from The Journal's correspondents in Great Britain on this problem.

Since 1948, the majority of physicians in Great Britain have been providing medical care on a fee-fornumber-of-patients basis. This is in contrast to the fee-for-service system existing in the United States, and still practiced by a few English doctors. The British physician who practices under the government program receives about $3 each year for every patient registered with the government as his medical responsibility. For this sum, out of which the doctor must pay all his expenses, he must provide professional service for any

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