Medicine: It Pays to Pay More

In the care of mental patients, the best is the cheapest in the long run. This is suggested by official Kansas figures, just released, on a six-year drive to treat all cases of severe mental illness as promptly and intensively as possible. Doctors found a telling comparison between Kansas' experience and that of seven other Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin) that have been slower in getting their intensive-treatment campaigns rolling:

¶The number of patients in Kansas state) hospitals dropped (from 4,551 to 4,462)' between 1954 and 1955 because,...

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