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December 20, 1958


JAMA. 1958;168(16):2148-2150. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000160062017

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 12TH CLINICAL MEETING  Bold approach and action to bring improved medical care within the reach of more and more older persons highlighted House of Delegates actions early this month at the American Medical Association's 12th Clinical Meeting. The A. M. A. policy-making body of 198 Delegates made its stand clear through reports and resolutions (among 19 considered) covering aspects of low family income, indigent care, prepaid health insurance, "relative value schedules," and medical care plans. While all of these points reflect the medical profession's concern for personal health generally, the House actions in Minneapolis Dec. 4 showed a distinct emphasis on the health needs of a growing population of aged persons.In other significant fields, the Delegates expressed their views on federal medical services, disaster preparedness, osteopathy, the "free choice of physician" principle, expansion of medical education facilities, and a re-examination of A. M. A. objectives and basic

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