Medicine: Hoover on Health

The U.S. Government is now responsible for the medical care of 30 million Americans. Cost last year: $4.15 billion. In the opinion of the Hoover Commission, that money is ill-spent by 26 overlapping, badly organized agencies and 66 administrative units. To clear up the mess, a task force of doctors.and administrative experts made stringent suggestions to the Hoover Commission.* In somewhat tempered form, the suggestions went to Congress last week. Main points:

¶ Close down a score of inefficient and badly located Veterans Administration hospitals (TIME, Feb. 21), plus similar units run by the U.S. Public Health Service and armed forces....

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