Hawaii has long been in the forefront of the public health field. Its department of public health, existing when Hawaii was a territory, is the nation’s oldest; its Pre-paid Health Care Act of 1974 and the recently implemented State Health Insurance Program are models Congress and other states are considering following in their deliberations on comprehensive health plans. When delegates met in 1950 to draft the Statehood Constitution, there was no question but that they would include a separate article on public health and welfare, although considerable debate...
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