Question 3. Insofar as Chiropractic is concerned, what is your conception as to how socialized medicine will affect the future of Chiropractic? Should we commit ourselves publicly?
Answer 3. Socialized medicine will make doctors automatons; remove all initiative for better service; destroy any incentive to individualize cases; break down all hope of financial gain; and will make machines of men working on human matter. Progress is made only when men can delight in building for future betterment of the race. Same destructive tendencies towards medicine would do same to Chiropractic. Medicine, having direct control, would make it difficult for Chiropractic to succeed under these conditions, with this distinction: medicine does NOT get sick people WELL; Chiropractic does. Regardless of taxes paid to support socialized medicine, people WANT TO get well. If medicine does not, and Chiropractic does, people will pay additional fees TO GET WELL. Same underlying conditions which now prevail WITHOUT socialized medicine, will prevail THEN if it ever becomes a reality.
See Nos. 161, 190, 191, 278