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



No medical education of the population is provided for by the present scheme. In the past, facilities for mass education have been lacking. With modern radio this handicap no longer exists, and already much has been done by the Health authorities and Broadcasting Board. However, this is a very delicate question and it is important to know just how much knowledge on medical matters should be disseminated in this way without creating morbid fears amongst the laity. Speakers suggested that more knowledge and better medical services would do away with quackery. Knowing the frailties of human nature, one ventures to suggest that as "quacks" have nourished in all ages they will continue to nourish even more under a system of completely-socialised medical services.

The speakers against the motion mainly based their arguments on:—
1.The lowering of the standard of medical treatment under socialised schemes.
2.The interference or the intimate relationship between doctor and patient.
3.The increase of attendances at doctors' rooms by people who want to he sick and don't have to pay for it.

These are all important points, and from an intimate knowledge of persons engaged in panel practice in England. one cannot doubt the truth of the these assertions.