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October 1968

Physicians and the Marketplace

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):347-348. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010349001

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Much as the readers of the Archives would like to consider themselves as scientists dedicated exclusively to the care of the sick, and aloof from the pressures of the marketplace, the time is past when they can ignore the activities of organized medicine. In the April 8, 1968, JAMA (204:145) Dr. F. J. L. Blasingame, executive vice-president of the American Medical Association, reminds all of us that there is a consolidation of forces in this country supporting the expansion of federal involvement in the health field. They see medicine as the right of all citizens and believe that the federal government should finance the services even when the patient is able to pay. They hold up Great Britain as the ideal system, ignoring the serious "brain power drain" of physicians leaving Britain to escape the frustrations of their professional lives under nationalized medicine, and the virtual scientific sterility, with very

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