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May 24, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(8):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080210085046

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AMA Before Finance Committee.—  The President of the American Medical Association, pointing to "excessive charges" by many of the nation's hospitals in the operation of their departments of pathology, radiology, physiatry, and anesthesiology, urged that these medical specialists be excluded from the hospitalization section of the pending health-care-for-the-elderly legislation (HR 6675).(In this column which appeared in the May 10 issue of JAMA, it was erroneously reported that the American Hospital Association backs the exclusion of physicians practicing in these specialities from the hospital segment of the bill. Actually, the AHA has campaigned to classify the services of these physicians as hospital services.)Donovan F. Ward, MD, of Dubuque, Iowa, declared in a statement before the Senate Finance Committee that inclusion of these services as part of the overall hospital charges would tend to obscure the "profits" hospitals derive from them."It is common knowledge in the profession," he said,

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