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October 3, 1959


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112 E. Fourth St. Portales, N. Mex.

JAMA. 1959;171(5):590-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010230088020

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To the Editor:—  Time is the only factor that distinguishes the two systems of socialized medicine, namely, that system immediately identifiable as socialized medicine, authorized by legislature, with establishment of public institutions and bringing into effect laws controlling its practice, as is now the case in Great Britain, and the system of disguised socialized medicine, which is supported by legal regulations and masked by a network of seemingly private committees and insurance companies. The administration of the social medical laws is transferred to these organizations, which then possess legal status. For many years I gained experience with the second type of socialized medicine in the Netherlands. This type is far better adapted to delude the medical profession than is identifiable socialized medicine.About the turn of the century in the Netherlands there existed the so-called physician funds, founded and conducted by private physicians. Guided by humanitarian instincts, they provided medical

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