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August 31, 1970


Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1970;213(9):1499-1500. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170350065030

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Will Medicare become the basis for moving to National Health Insurance? Robert Myers' book, Medicare, provides not only a welldocumented primer on Medicare and its evolution, but may suggest much of the pattern for the historical development of National Health Insurance. As chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, Mr. Myers writes as one of the foremost authorities on social insurance in the United States. His book details the historical development of Medicare, analyzes its current operation, presents parallels with the Medicaid program, examines the current supplements to social insurance, and prophesies possible trends for the future.

In providing bits of philosophical, social, economic, and political insight into the decision process for medical care, the book deals with the four major questions facing the implementation of any social insurance program; namely, who will be eligible, what will be the benefits, how will the program be financed, and how will the