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A Doctor Rethinks Medicare

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Originally published February 24, 1968

From what I can see in my private practice, there is considerably more good than bad in Medicare. Few, if any, of the dire predictions have come to pass. I don’t feel socialized, mechanized, or victimized, and as far as I can tell, neither do any of my fellow physicians. There are definite signs that Medicare is helping to improve the entire standard of health in the United States.

In 1933, a medical-society president labeled another government program “a major step toward communization and collectivization of American medicine.” What he was talking about was the Veterans Administration.

—“We Doctors Were Wrong about Medicare” by David Jay Scott, M.D. 

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