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June 2, 1962

A Federal Legislator's View of the Future Financing of Medical Schools

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Washington, D.C.

JAMA. 1962;180(9):721-725. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050220013004

IT IS A PRIVILEGE to address this Congress, a group which has unique responsibilities for assuring that this nation has enough physicians. At this point in time, the general topic of these meetings—The Influences of Extramural Financial Support on Medical Schools—is directly linked to the matter which I wish to discuss—the future financing of medical schools. Both of these matters are extremely complex, and in detail they can be dealt with only by professional experts. But when they are examined in terms of broad national needs and goals, the essentials of the problem for the ordinary citizen and for the legislator are clear. I should like to make clear what are to me the most important of these needs and goals. Unless there is reasonable agreement on these fundamentals, there can be little profitable discussion of means of attaining the goals.

Need for Physicians  First of all, this