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June 1971


Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology University of Missouri Medical Center Columbia, Mo 65201

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(6):679-680. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000180105018

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To the Editor.—  On March 17 and 19 Thomas Murrell and I attended, by invitation, a symposium on prepaid medical care systems sponsored by the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care program, with the Commonwealth Fund, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The conference was responsive to President Nixon's Health Message to the Congress on Feb 18. Mr. Nixon leads the nation's conservative party, and is likely to run for reelection. The intentions of his government toward health care demand our attention, because reform of our present medical system is likely to equal or exceed the recommendations of the conservative government. It is the business of the National Program for Dermatology (NPD) to anticipate the effects on our specialty of new Federal actions. The Academy may wish to make such studies available generally.The Kaiser-Permanente system cares for some 2 million people, being the largest of the prepaid health care groups whose

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