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58 Until that time health care was kept below 6 percent of GNP, 10 percent of
public spending. Private practice had shrunk from half of all care to 4 percent.
Direct charges to patients were kept at a phenomenally low 5 percent of the cost.
"The remaining 39 percent were subjected to examination by a group of
physicians, who selected 45 percent of these for tonsillectomy and rejected the
rest. The rejected children were re-examined by another group of physicians,
Of those admitted with a fatal condition to the average British clinic, 10 percent
died on the day of arrival, 30 percent within a week, 75 percent within a month,
and 97 percent within three months.212 In homes for terminal care, 56 percent
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