Personal Observations on the Changing Scene in American Medicine – 1955 to 2010

Clifton K. Meador, M.D.

When I entered private practice in 1962 (after graduating from medical school in 1955, completing a medical residency, serving  two years in the Army Medical Corps, and completing a N.I. H. Fellowship in Endocrinology), there was no Medicare, no Medicaid, and very little medical insurance of any kind.  Patients paid cash, vegetables, meat, or nothing.

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