Medicine: Trust v. Ethics

At the National Health Conference in Washington, D. C. last fortnight, the American Medical Association bitterly denounced President Roosevelt's suggestion that the Government provide medical care for needy citizens. Scarcely had the conference adjourned when the Government sounded the tocsin for its first pitched battle with the A. M. A. Reason: the A. M. A.'s boycott of the Group Health Association, Inc.

Last year in Washington, 2,500 low-salaried Government employes organized the Group Health Association, Inc., retained seven physicians to provide complete medical care at moderate rates. The A. M. A. immediately...

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