Medicine: HIP, HIP

The advance of social medicine is breaking no speed records in the U.S. But in New York City last week it got a sharp spur: the city's Board of Estimate approved a "womb to tomb" health plan for 175,000 municipal employes and their families. More important, the city's action put pep in a new organization, the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York.*

HIP, a brainchild of New York's ex-Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, is one of the most comprehensive health schemes U.S. citizens have been offered. Members must also subscribe to a hospital insurance plan, such as Blue Cross. For a total annual...

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