Medicine: Blunt Talk

A leading U.S. medico got off some unusually blunt talk last week on the high cost of medical care. Said Major General Paul R. Hawley, medical director of the Veterans Administration, to George Washington Medical School students:

"It is a fact that can no longer be denied nor evaded that medical care has become so expensive as to place it in the class of luxuries. . . .

"I am amazed to find how few [physicians] realize just how close we are to some form of socialization of medicine. They have been drugged into believing that bills before the Congress are merely the...

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