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Band-Aids or Cures?

Band-Aids or Cures? Abstract Sir.—The well-intentioned proposal of Brown and Melinkovich1 in the June 1992 issue of AJDC is a collection of very pretty Band-Aids based on the premise that care for the poor is a responsibility of the noble-minded. Developing a cadre of "full-time physicians dedicated to serving the poor" is nowhere near the same as universal access. I submit that this Lady Bountiful system will not work. How about a single system that provides all essential care available to all our people as other developed countries have? Separate (but supposedly equal) medical systems for the poor have all the realworld problems that plague the Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid. Let us do it right. If poor people would have access to care like everyone else, we would not need another Band-Aid. Let us get behind the Physicians for a National Health Program (312-554-0382) and create a single-payer system that References 1. Brown J, Melinkovich P. Health care for poor children in the United States: a full-time vs part-time solution . AJDC . 1992;146:661-663. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Band-Aids or Cures?

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—The well-intentioned proposal of Brown and Melinkovich1 in the June 1992 issue of AJDC is a collection of very pretty Band-Aids based on the premise that care for the poor is a responsibility of the noble-minded. Developing a cadre of "full-time physicians dedicated to serving the poor" is nowhere near the same as universal access. I submit that this Lady Bountiful system will not work. How about a single system that provides all essential care available to all...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1993 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160280019007
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—The well-intentioned proposal of Brown and Melinkovich1 in the June 1992 issue of AJDC is a collection of very pretty Band-Aids based on the premise that care for the poor is a responsibility of the noble-minded. Developing a cadre of "full-time physicians dedicated to serving the poor" is nowhere near the same as universal access. I submit that this Lady Bountiful system will not work. How about a single system that provides all essential care available to all our people as other developed countries have? Separate (but supposedly equal) medical systems for the poor have all the realworld problems that plague the Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid. Let us do it right. If poor people would have access to care like everyone else, we would not need another Band-Aid. Let us get behind the Physicians for a National Health Program (312-554-0382) and create a single-payer system that References 1. Brown J, Melinkovich P. Health care for poor children in the United States: a full-time vs part-time solution . AJDC . 1992;146:661-663.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1993

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