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American physicians have been at once frightened of and fascinated by the British national health scheme. It has been held up to us for almost 20 years as a prime (and horrible) example of "socialized medicine." One might almost say that we have made the British medical system a kind of "boogey man" as a way of communicating to the public our fear of "socialized medicine" and that we have frightened ourselves in the bargain. Few American physicians have any genuine understanding of the British program although we have all watched the scheme for troubles with interest, not to say
Medical Practice in Modern England: The Impact of Specialization and State Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;66:451–452. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-2-451
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(2):451-452.
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