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April 20, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(3):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160001001

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Legislative Developments.  —Congress reached its Easter vacation with little accomplished in the legislative field. However, matters of medical interest have played an unusually prominent role so far this session.The only major bill approved by Congress so far —extension of the military draft—continued for another four years, the so-called "doctor draft" under which young physicians may be drafted after completing their education if they are not signed up in the military reserves. Some 1,300 may be drafted this year.The most important measure concerning the medical profession—the King-Anderson bill providing a medical-hospital program for the aged through Social Security—has received relatively little attention to date mainly because the key committees that handle this type of legislation have been busy going over the President's tax recommendations. Administration forces have concentrated most of their efforts on pushing the tax proposals, but there was little doubt that later this year or next year

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