Medicine: How Are the Bills Paid?

One of the main features of President Eisenhower's plan for improving the nation's health (TIME, Jan. 25) is more voluntary health insurance. Last week a man with a mountain of figures, based on a sampling survey of U.S. families, told the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce how much of the job voluntary insurance is now doing.

In the twelve months ending last June 30, said Kenneth Williamson of the Health Information Foundation,* the U.S. people paid out $10.2 billion for medical and dental services and goods (over and above the billions spent by federal, state and local governments), and...

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