Medicine: Uneasy Marriage

Britain's National Health Service, begun in July 1948, was supposed to do what a vast majority of the British medical profession wanted done: provide medical care for the nation as a whole.* The doctors differed with the government on many aspects (e.g., the voluminous paper work and bureaucratic controls), but by & large they tried to make a go of it. Last week the British Medical Association declared bluntly that the overall plan wasn't working. Said the lead editorial in the Association's British Medical Journal: the N.H.S. is headed for bankruptcy.

"We are, as a profession, facing the bankruptcy of a policy,...

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