The Public Interest

“Socialized medicine” in practice

William A. Glaser

Spring 1966

Long resisted albeit ambiguously defined, “socialized medicine” seems finally to have come in America. To its proponents, the Health Insurance for the Aged Act of 1965 promises to alleviate the anxieties and satisfy the health needs of the aged; to its critics, it threatens to create a massive bureaucracy that will permit politically-motivated laymen to dictate to doctors and hospitals. Who is right?

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