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October 12, 1957


Author Affiliations

U. S. Army

Executive Director, Office for Dependents' Medical Care, Office of the Surgeon General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1957;165(6):661-664. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980240019005

A program to provide improved, standard medical care for dependents of members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and certain other uniformed government services was established by law Dec. 7, 1956. Six months of operation yielded data from 21,363 cases indicating the trend of the program. Maternity cases comprised 47% of the total. Twenty per cent of the participants in the program were males, and the majority of these were children. Physicians' fee schedules have been developed with the help of teams comprised of a physician, a certified contracting officer, a lawyer, and an auditor. It has been difficult to specify how much service should be included for a given fee. Other problems include the provision of emergency care for acute emotional disorders. The program appears, nevertheless, to be a workable one and has enlisted the combined efforts of many national and state organizations.