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January 11, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(2):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020089050

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King-Anderson-Type Plan Recommended.—  The President's Advisory Council on Social Security said the social security system is in good shape fiscally and recommended that a hospital-medical program for the elderly be placed under social security.The council also proposed that self-employed physicians and interns be placed under social security.Most of the members of the 13-man council, headed by Social Security Commissioner Robert M. Ball, have testified before Congress in favor of a King-Andersontype plan for the aging.Following is a summary of the council's recommendations concerning a hospital benefit plan to be run by the Social Security Administration:


  • Up to 60 days hospitalization for all persons more than 65 years old. A $20, first-day deductible would be levied.

  • Outpatient hospital diagnostic services.

  • Post-hospitalization extended care treatment in hospital-affiliated facilities of two days for every day less than 60 days spent in the hospital. No nursing home

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