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July 4, 1959


JAMA. 1959;170(10):1185-1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010100047015

ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT GUNNAR GUNDERSEN BEFORE THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES  In scores of ways the past year has been an exciting one for our Association—and consequently for me. To relate them all would require a speech lasting many hours. In the next few minutes allow me to make some observations and suggestions without delving into too many issues or accomplishments.

Blue Shield and the Aged  I will begin by saying that it has been a personal thrill to witness the revolutionary developments in the field of health insurance coverage for our senior citizens. Last December when American medicine declared its intentions to develop, by voluntary means, programs of health care coverage suitable to the needs of the aged, the response of Blue Shield plans throughout the country was indeed gratifying. These plans unhesitatingly committed themselves to the task of implementing the A. M. A. action calling for the development of

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