ALMOST a million people stay in bed each day--not because they are lazy, or because they enjoy it, but because they are sick in hospitals. On an average day, 4 million more Americans are ill enough to stay away from schools or their jobs, or other activities. While most of these have minor ailments such as colds, many of them are disabled seriously enough to require hospitalization or clinical treatment. But only a small percentage can receive such care, for the simple reason that there is not enough space in public hospitals to provide for them.
There are only 1,100,000 beds at present to provide for all kinds of patients--general, tuberculosis, mental, and other