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August 1956

Distribution Responsibilities of the Specialties Represented in the Scientific Assembly

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(2):282-287. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040290012

The National Society For The Prevention of Blindness states, "Every twenty minutes one more American loses the gift of sight. Some of this blindness is caused by disease, some by accident, and much by neglect."

We, its members, are the American Medical Association, and we believe it to be our responsibility to set the policies for the distribution of medical care for this country. The patient holds the doctor responsible in every category. We will provide the answers to the most complete and safe eye care possible, or others will try to. We can broaden the basic concepts that underlie safe distribution as we broaden our concepts of ever more effective treatment.

When the Michigan State Medical Society was developing Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we discovered that the name of "The Committee on Medical Economics" had to be changed to "The Committee on the Distribution of Medical Care." Doctors

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