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President's Conference On Medicare Start—
President Johnson told medical and hospital leaders that the most serious problem facing the start of the medicare program is the failure at this time of some 20% of the nation's hospitals to comply with the antidiscrimination provisions of the Civil Rights law.However, he told delegates to a one-day meeting called by the White House that the Federal government "is not going to retreat from clear responsibility" to bar medicare funds to hospitals that have not desegregated.The Health, Education and Welfare Department released figures showing that 79% of the nation's 7,548 hospitals are in compliance, representing 83% of hospital beds. HEW Secretary John Gardner said he believed the number of hospitals not in compliance by July 1 will be "quite small," and that community pressures after medicare is operating will help bring into the program "a very high proportion of the remainder."The
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1966;197(1):A17–A19. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110010013003