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January 3, 1972

National Health Insurance: Proceedings of the Conference on National Health Insurance

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1972;219(1):89. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190270059027

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This book documents the proceedings of the Conference on National Health Insurance, sponsored by the Leonard Davis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, in November 1970. It presents a timely and diversified discussion of the principal factors that should be weighed when considering any national health insurance program.

Authors from the disciplines of medicine and economics presented four separate papers analyzing the impact of different proposals—Griffiths, Rockefeller, Aetna, Javits, AMA, Committee for National Health Insurance, Kennedy, and Feldstein—with respect to the consumer, financing, providers and delivery systems, and costs. These papers, the main component of the book, are complemented by invited discussion papers that afford the reader the opportunity to survey opinions diverging from those of the authors. Of numerous topics discussed, one opinion continually recurred: that the country should continue with a pluralistic approach to health care delivery and not legislate a monolithic nationalized health system at this time,