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still is the largest one at the present
time. As of April '54 it had about
400,000 members, and as of September or
October, 1963, it is certainly over
May I interrupt with a question, Mrs. Lasker?
These groups of doctors in clinics, so
to speak, were they in being before this
No, they were organized by Dr. George Baer, who
was an outstanding doctor who worked at
Mt. Sinai and who was the Mayor's
personal physician and who had great
initiative and vision in doing this, and
it was a terribly hard job, very
In the very beginning, in order to start HIP,
David Hyman put up a substantial amount
of money from the New York Foundation.
Albert supplied $25,000 to it on a loan
basis, and the Rockefeller Foundation
later came in with a substantial amount
of money, and before the plan got really
launched, between the Rockefeller
Foundation and the New York Foundation
between $800,000 and $900,000 was spent
to get the plan going, so that our
contribution was relatively small.
But it came at the right time...
But it encouraged Mr. Hyman and others to realize
that they had friends.
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