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October 18, 1965

AMA To Offer Aid on Medicare Rules; Physicians' Ethical, Legal Role Defined

JAMA. 1965;194(3):38-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160114062

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The interests of the medical profession and the public will be best protected if the American Medical Association continues to offer advice and suggestions to the federal government in the formulation of regulations under the medicare law, the AMA House of Delegates said.

Meeting in special session Oct 2 and 3 in Chicago, the House also received statements defining the ethical and legal responsibilities of the physician regarding participation or nonparticipation in the medicare program, and went on record against any regulation which affects "the freedom of choice of the physician to determine for himself the extent and manner of participation or financial arrangement under which he shall provide medical care" under provisions of the medicare program.

In discussing the AMA's advisory role in the promulgation of medicare regulations, the House stated that:

AMA Goals  "The AMA shall continue to meet with representatives of agencies and departments of the federal

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