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March 21, 1959


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112 State St. Albany, N. Y.

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290095024

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To the Editor:—  In the interesting department of The Journal, Medicine at Work, Jan. 10, 1959, pages 143-151, the material on nursing homes implied that an indigent medical care program was not available in New York state. New York state has one of the oldest and most adequate systems of medical care for the needy and the medically indigent in the United States. Any person who requires medical care but cannot pay for it may receive that care as a public charge. It is provided through the medical-care services of the local public welfare department and through the hospitalcare program of the local community.The local public welfare program provides medical, surgical, dental, nursing, hospital, laboratory, x-ray, radium, physiotherapy, and allied services, including medicaments and prosthetic appliances, for all persons on the public welfare rolls who require such care and for medically indigent persons as well. There is no limitation

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