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October 22, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(17):1431-1432. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690041015

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The Bureau of Medical Economics of the American Medical Association is continuing to collect data regarding various attempts to change the nature of medical practice. Several reports have already been recorded in the columns of The Journal. A new account appears in this issue, and others will be published from time to time. In general, all the schemes described seem to have been developed primarily for profit to the promoters rather than with any sincere purpose to render a better type of medical service or to lower the cost of good medical care. Indeed, as has been said previously, most of them attempt to lower the cost of medical care either by exploiting the services of salaried physicians who are willing to sell their medical birthrights for the promoters' mess of pottage or by providing what is essentially an inferior quality of medical service.

The publication of the first of