Medicine: The A.M.A. & the Aged

For the nation's growing army of oldsters, most of whom cannot afford health insurance, a plan was offered last week by the A.M.A.'s Council on Medical Service. Patterned after programs now available only in limited areas under local Blue Shield auspices, it would encourage a nationwide system of low-cost, prepaid voluntary health insurance for oldsters below a certain income level (not yet determined). To make the plan work, physicians must agree to accept lower-than-usual fees for their services to such patients. The all-powerful House of Delegates approved the plan unanimously, thus put the A.M.A. on record as urging its 176,000 members...

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