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January 25, 1965

AMA Proposes Expanded Health Care Plan for Aging

JAMA. 1965;191(4):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080040111056

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Details the expanded program of health care for the elderly proposed by the American Medical Association are now being readied for presentation to Congress, according to the AMA's Board of Trustees.

The AMA proposal advocates use of federal and state funds to purchase health benefits for the aging who need help but can't afford to pay for it.

It also urges a simplification of eligibility certification procedures and the elimination of the "welfare" concept from a program intended to assist those elderly who need help only in meeting health care costs.

More for Elderly Citizens  The AMA's program would "provide far more to our elderly citizens than is proposed in the Johnson Administration's 'medicare' tax program," Donovan F. Ward, MD, AMA's president, said in presenting the proposal before a National Conference on Kerr-Mills that was held in Chicago.Aid under the AMA program, Ward said, would consist of medical, surgical,

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