To the Editor:—
Dr. Elmer A. Kleefield comments (Correspondence, J. A. M. A., August 19) on my description of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York which was published in The Journal June 17, 1950. As he was a member of an HIP medical group only during its early developmental period, many of his observations are now obsolete; others are contrary to fact. I hope that you will afford me the privilege of correcting a few of his more serious inaccuracies.
Dr. Kleefield implies most unfairly that physicians have joined HIP medical groups in part because of coercion. This statement is easily disproved by the fact that every one of the 17 medical groups which began operating on March 1, 1947, is still active and that during the last three and a half years they have increased in number until now (September 1950) there are 30 medical groups