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January 17, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(3):259. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000200057014

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Accompanying this issue of The Journal is a 96-page Special Edition which contains the Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations of the Commission on Medical Care Plans appointed by the Board of Trustees of the A. M. A. in November, 1954. This report on the types of medical care plans in existence throughout the United States deals with three broad areas of research: (1) the nature and method of operation of the various types of plans through which persons receive the services of physicians, (2) the effect of these plans on the quality and quantity of medical care, and (3) the legal and ethical status of the arrangements used by these plans. In the preface, Dr. Leonard W. Larson, Chairman of the Commission, states: "The Commission's study has attempted to summarize and correlate the various points of views, attitudes, and opinions of groups directly concerned in the provision of medical care. It

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