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November 16, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(20):1616-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760460052016

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 19, 1935.

"A Nation of Medicine Drinkers"  Sir Kingsley Wood, the minister of health, attended a meeting of the London Insurance Committee (a committee of physicians, which administers the panel system). He made a comparison between the conditions of today and those of 1917-1918, when he himself was chairman of the committee. They showed a tremendous increase not only in the numbers entitled to medical benefit but in the number of physicians. The latter had increased from 1,300 to 2,174, and it was satisfactory to note that the payments had gone up from $2,330,000 to $3,500,000. But the figures which took his eye were those indicating a rise in the number and cost of the prescriptions in London. The prescriptions dispensed in the year he was chairman totaled 4,377,000; last year they numbered 8,482,000. This was partly accounted for by the increase in the

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