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July 4, 1959


Author Affiliations


Third vice-president, Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, and claims manager, New England department of the Kemper Insurance companies.

JAMA. 1959;170(10):1202-1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.63010100010017

The United States has achieved a position of greatness by developing its resources under a private enterprise system. The discoveries, inventions, and developments engendered by competition among individuals, partnerships, corporations, and associations has brought about tremendous advances in all lines of endeavor so that today we stand at the pinnacle of all nations of the world.

There is a vital place in this system for government, the duty of which should be to regulate, guard against, and punish wrongdoing, but never to substitute government ownership and operation in the place of private ownership and operation and thus destroy the competitive private enterprise system. That is my personal philosophy.

The topic for discussion is methods for the preservation of private medical practice. The term "private medical practice" is not easy to define. An over-simplified definition might be "complete freedom of choice by both doctor and patient." But, in any God-fearing nation

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