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June 28, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(13):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260071039

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Finance Action on Specialists.—  Hospital specialists' services would be included as benefits under the basic medicare hospital program under a provision tentatively approved by the Senate Finance Committee.The committee's action, taken as it continued closeddoor consideration of the House-passed medicare bill, was not final and could be reversed later.The measure, as it passed the House, excluded from the basic hospitalization benefit plan the services of pathologists, radiologists, physiatrists, and anesthesiologists. Instead, their services would have been provided under the voluntary, supplemental medical insurance plan subsidized by the government.The Administration, the AFL-CIO, and the American Hospital Association urged the Finance Committee during public hearings to amend the House bill to put the specialists in the basic program. The American Medical Association, and the specialists' organizations strongly opposed the move. The specialists' services "are not hospital services, and they do not belong in a program that is designed solely

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