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January 25, 1958


JAMA. 1958;166(4):374-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990040060011

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The long-lasting hospital-doctor controversy in Iowa has ended. A settlement has been consummated that is effecting a smooth, gradual transfer of pathology and radiology services from Blue Cross to Blue Shield. This problem began in Iowa in April, 1952, when the House of Delegates of the Iowa State Medical Society passed a resolution requesting Blue Shield to investigate the possibility of extending its benefits to take over medical services that were being provided by Blue Cross. This action by the policy-making body of the Medical Society set off a series of events.

Numerous conferences were held between officials of the Iowa State Medical Society and Iowa Hospital Association in an effort to reach agreement on the transfer of pathology and radiology from Blue Cross to Blue Shield, but to no avail. The Iowa Hospital Association would not concede that pathology and radiology were integral parts of the practice of medicine

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