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Letters The American crisis

America’s failure to provide

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3634
  1. Margaret E Allen, physician assistant and lead clinician1
  1. 1Ravenswood Family Health Center, East Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
  1. margaret.e.allen{at}

    My father was a young general practitioner in Portsmouth at the inception of the NHS in 1948 and proud of being able to look after his poor patients living in the slums.1

    I provide federally funded medical care to a few of the 46 million uninsured Americans: the working poor, homeless mentally ill, recent immigrants and …

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