DOCTORS, PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT by Dr. James Howard Means

DOCTORS, PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Means, of Massachusetts General, makes the rounds of his profession and analyzes the contentious issue of socialized medicine in relation to its personnel, facilities, institutions and organizations. After a general check-up which includes medical schools, hospitals, doctors (and the touchy question of fees), he faces the critical question of our medical needs and the shortages, mounting costs, and inefficiencies which indicate the need for planning- but by whom? Government medicine here (the V.A., Army, etc.); government medicine in Britain; the various health and insurance plans and the limited coverage they provide; the attitudes of organized medicine and the often intransigeant A.M.A., Truman's report- the Health Needs of the Nation- and the ""legislation and litigation"" which is prevalent; all this leads to Dr. Means' personal prescription which includes prepayment plans for comprehensive service- salaried doctors- and medicine practiced by groups of doctors rather than individuals, and it seems like a reasonable remedy without pressing to the extreme of government controlled medicine.... A very fair and flexible appraisal, which is immune to the intolerance his profession has often shown and aware of the larger issues to be considered.

Publisher: Little, Brown