Other Articles |


Edward Jackson, M.D.
JAMA. 1936;107(9):731. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350099024.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


To the Editor:—  It is to be regretted that the words "health insurance" have been so widely applied to plans that have had nothing to do with health and insure little except against monetary risks of unemployment produced by disease or accident. The real insurance of health to the individual and the community is something entirely different from the balancing of probabilities by the statistics of the actuary, to get a profit for the promoters of a special productive scheme for insurance, who embark in speculation by writing "insurance" on the chances of human death or disability. The report on the "costs of medical care" was more clearly a movement in the field of finance. It was an exploration to find whether some of the income of the medical profession might be diverted to the profit of a new business enterprise offering "medical care" to a larger number of customers.


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.