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Editorial
September 1962

Doctors, the Public, and the King-Anderson Bill

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(3):197-198. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050205001
Abstract

The well-planned and, in part tax-supported campaign to begin the socialization of medicine in the United States through the opening wedge of the King-Anderson bill is meeting with unexpected opposition fror unorganized individuals, as well as the anticipated opposition from physicians through their A.M.A.

The State Welfare enthusiasts on their side insist that the hospitalized elderly can no longer be cared for by themselves, their families, and local communities, while the A.M.A. cites the remarkable growth in private health and hospital insurance plans as evidence of an actually decreasing need for federal government intervention. As the heat of debate rises, the public is being diverted from a reasonable consideration of the costs and quality of socialized medicine in Britain, where one out of three doctors graduating from British medical schools is now leaving the country to escape governmental controls.1 The public is not being told that as a result

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