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They had no big money. They did that, but that
was done in the '50s.
Bevin felt that the health insurance plan was
working extremely well and that there
were only minor adjustments that needed
to be made. I thought that they needed
to train more doctors and expand their
facilities and spend more money on
medical research, but he paid no
attention to me whatever.
We then went to see Dr. Hill, the Secretary of
the British Medical Association. He,
too, was largely in favor of the British
health plan. He thought that on the
whole it was working well and needed
only minor administrative changes.
Actually, the only thing at the time
that was happening was that the time of
the doctors was distributed more evenly
and widely over the general population,
and lack of money didn't keep people
from having some attention, but the same
number of doctors just distributed over
the whole population didn't give the
population adequate medical care; they
needed more doctors and they still need
more doctors and need better facilities.
But that fact was just disregarded, was
not a part of their total concept.
It was the principle of the thing...
Just the principle that everybody would get a
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