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December 21, 1957

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

JAMA. 1957;165(16):2108. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980340074021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the issue of Medical Economics for September, 1957, Dr. Albert W. Snoke, immediate past-president of the American Hospital Association, is quoted as suggesting that medical service benefits should not be removed from Blue Cross because "one of the main reasons for the phenomenal success of Blue Cross has been its covering of certain medical services in hospitals...." This statement led to a general discussion of medical care and hospitalization insurance by the board of chancellors of the American College of Radiology. As a facet of the discussion, I was requested, as chairman, to convey to The Journal the chancellors' opinion.While we applaud Blue Cross plans and hospitals alike for their many real achievements and contributions, we insist that the medical interests of patients are paramount to anyone's desire that Blue Cross remain a "phenomenal success." In lieu of Dr. Snoke's suggestion, we would offer that

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