Medicine: Doctors' Revolt

Like a transcontinental echo of Bernard Baruch's challenge, San Francisco rumbled last week with a battle over compulsory health insurance. Under fire was a medical system covering San Francisco's 12,000 municipal employees. The only governmental compulsory health insurance system in the U.S., it provides medical care in return for a small monthly fee deducted from members' pay.

This plan, voted by San Franciscans ten years ago over doctors' objections, has had a rough career. Because members' payments were set too low, doctors have often been paid less than the scheduled fees. Last fortnight, aroused by rebuffs of their demands for a 15%...

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