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November 29, 1958


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85 Park St. Montclair, N. J.

JAMA. 1958;168(13):1803. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000130069019

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To the Editor:—  The activities of the 85th Congress have been fateful ones for the medical profession. We have witnessed a budget battle, an economic recession, a lifted debt ceiling, plus the menace of inflation and a further devaluation of the dollar—an atmosphere ideal for perpetuation and expansion of the welfare state and the further invasion and partition of American medicine by the federal government. The disposition of the Forand Bill in no way mitigated the danger, for one can be sure that similar bills will be introduced in the near future.There are only two ways to expand any welfare program: one, by larger cash benefits and, two, by providing greater service. The only social security field not yet exploited is that of medicine, nursing, and hospital care. Even here the door is not securely closed, for Medicare is constantly expanding, and fixed fees for services are the pattern

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