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January 4, 1958


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Michigan State Medical Society Survey Committee, and Chairman, Council of the Michigan State Medical Society, Lansing, Mich.

JAMA. 1958;166(1):83-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.62990010016024

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Whenever two or more doctors gather in a hospital lounge, a county society meeting, or a medical convention, sooner or later the talk gets around to prepaid medical care plans—a subject which few physicians can discuss dispassionately.

This summer the Michigan State Medical Society gave its members a chance to put their thoughts of voluntary prepaid medical-surgical programs on record. Their ideas became part of the society's gigantic, statewide Opinion Study on Prepaid Medical Care Coverage in Michigan. The complete study also contained separate surveys of public attitudes on the same general subject.

There was a 38.5% return of the questionnaires, which had been sent to more than 6,300 physicians in the state. One-third of the doctors who replied were general practitioners, 13% were internists, and 16% were surgeons. The balance of the doctors surveyed represented 17 other specialties.

The survey indicated that, although processing claims have added considerable burden

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