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August 1, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(5):23-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110050011003

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Group Practice Legislation—  The American Medical Association expressed opposition to legislation (S. 3215) that would authorize the federal government to provide mortgage insurance or direct loans for construction, improvement, and equipment for group practice facilities.The opposition was explained in a letter from Dr. F. J. L. Blasingame, executive vice president of the AMA, to Chairman John Sparkman (D., Ala) of the Senate Housing Subcommittee. The letter said:"... it should be clearly understood that the American Medical Association does not oppose group practice by physicians. It is recognized that such practices may afford some advantages to both the physician and the patient, and that the number of group practices is constantly increasing. It should also be recognized, however, that this type of practice is neither feasible nor desirable for all of the physicians of our nation."Since there are different types of group practices, we urge your Committee to keep