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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 28, 2011

ENGLAND ADOPTS INDUSTRIAL INSURANCE

JAMA. 2011;306(24):2735. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1757

After months of debate in Parliament and of discussion, often growing into acrimonious controversy, in the public press and the medical journals, Lloyd-George's industrial insurance bill has passed both houses of Parliament. This measure, probably the most important single piece of British legislation in the last half century, was introduced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in May of the present year. Its progress has been marked by protracted debate, frequent conferences and numerous amendments. It has been the endeavor of its promoters so to modify it as to make it acceptable to as many interests as possible, although it has been recognized that so revolutionary a law could hardly receive unanimous support. The proposed amendments were so numerous that it is impossible, at present, without a copy of the bill as passed, to discuss its exact provisions.

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