August 24, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(8):600-601. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760340046016

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The Social Security Act is now law. Physicians, but only as employers and employees, will be directly interested in its provisions relating to unemployment compensation and taxes imposed on employers and employees. Hospitals and laboratories, operated for the financial benefit of their owners and shareholders, will be interested likewise in those provisions. Physicians who are in need and who are more than 65 years old may have an interest in the provisions of the act for the relief of the aged. Other provisions of the act, however, are of immediate and special interest to all physicians, such as the provisions relating to federal subsidies to enlarge and make more efficient the public health activities of the states and to aid the states in financing certain medical work.

Under the Social Security Act, a federal appropriation of $8,000,000 annually is authorized, for allotment by the Surgeon General of the Public Health

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