Medicine: Rationed Health

A disjointed procurement policy . . . has resulted in hoarding and freezing unused doctors in the American armed forces. . . . This uneven procurement threatens doctor famines in vast rural areas with the probability of a general epidemic similar to the influenza conditions of 1918.

With these ominous words Senator Claude Pepper's Subcommittee on Manpower brought into the open the hush hush question of a doctor shortage.

There were many sides to this undeniable truth of a doctor shortage in certain areas. Some of them: Doctors are distributed in the U.S. by the laws of economics rather than medical need....

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