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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938



The wealth of a nation depends on its health and the health of its children especially, and It is only by socialising the medical services that the health of a community can be in there by improved. Although admitting the first part of this statement, actual figures do not substantiate the second claim. In no country where compulsory systems of health insurance have been Introduced can it be shown that these systems have improved the national health.

There is, under the present scheme, no adequate provision for research. This is true, but such a state of affairs could easily be grafted on to the present system providing finance were available.