Michael L. Nash, M.D.
To the editor: The recent article by Mr. Bloom, "National Health Plans: Some Economic and Financial Aspects, (Ann Intern Med 78:954-958, 1973) was interesting and representative of many similar attempts by the laity who attempt to comment on medical care. The basic shortcoming of most of these pieces is the authors' understandable lack of experience "in the field," dealing with patients.
As a military physician, I am well aware of the consequences of "free" medical care: flagrant abuses of clinic and emergency services by patients are part of the daily routine. There is no reluctance by the patient to admit
Nash ML. Free Medical Care. Ann Intern Med. ;79:754–755. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-5-754
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