National Affairs: Better Health

The President's health message to Congress this week emphasized the "freedom, consent and individual responsibility [which] are fundamental to our system." In the field of medical care, it said, this means "that the traditional relationship of the physician and his patient, and the right of the individual to elect freely the manner of his care in illness, must be preserved."

Within this carefully limited framework, the message proposed that the Federal Government should help combat the problems of 1) uneven distribution of medical facilities (only four or five hospital beds per 1,000 persons ip some states, with ten or eleven in others),...

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