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

Happy Medium

Happy Medium.

To sum up in as impartial a manner as possible, one must realise that there are two sides to every question and that the best course to follow is somewhere between the two extremes. And so one would suggest as the most ideal and practicable way of solving this knotty problem the following:—
1.To make some provision by why of cash benefits to all employed persons who through sickness or accident cannot attend work.
2.To provide medical, hospital and special list etc., benefits to all those below a certain income level who cannot reasonably be expected to make provision for them selves.
3.To provide home nursing facilities, to cut down admissions to institutions, and the length of stay of patients already in institutions.
4.To provide private wards and rooms in our general hospitals for persons able to pay for such. The profit accruing from this undertaking to offset of non-paying patients in class 2.
5.To provide for research and some further medical education of the public by the Health Authorities and it general increase of preventive measures.

One has purposely avoided quoting figures and statistics in this article because they always seem such dry bones on which to hang the meat and flesh of good argument, and one hopes that reading will be made easier thereby.

—Dr. Alan Tennent.

The motion: "That the Medical Services should be Socialised," was carried by an overwhelming majority.