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January 4, 1958


JAMA. 1958;166(1):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990010056013

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The replies of 12,248 persons reported in a recent Michigan opinion survey (see page 83 of this issue) may foreshadow extensive adjustments in prepaid medical care coverage throughout the United States.

This five-month study was authorized last spring by the Michigan State Medical Society after its House of Delegates met in special session to find out what medical services the people want, how much they are willing to pay, and what physicians want from their own Blue Shield plan (sponsored by the state society). Findings already are bringing concrete action in Michigan, where several weeks ago the same delegates voted to make major alterations in the Blue Shield program—the first big changes in 17 years. Those refinements look toward broader benefits for subscribers, inauguration of California-style "unit values" for various phases of medical care, and adoption of a new type of contract which would provide full payment for some services

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