November 7, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(19):1396-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730190052019

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The Evils of Medical Socialism  In the medical journals the evils of medical socialism are often ignored or minimized, but the Birmingham Medical Review is an exception and is always outspoken on the subject. In the editorial columns of the current issue may be read: "Many panel doctors are overpaid. This does not mean that the panel service absorbs an undue sum of money. Almost certainly it does not. But the system which pays to the panel doctor a fixed sum for every patient on his list does result in the overpaying of many panel doctors. The slack man is paid at exactly the same rate as the keen man; the duffer as the competent. A young man with little experience receives more than his elderly, but still active, neighbor, who has spent years in learning his job. A pushing man in a poor crowded neighborhood may have little difficulty

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