JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The evils of contract practice and the extent to which the exploitation
of doctors by workingmen's benefit societies has gone in some parts of the
world are shown by a recent statement that a general action is going to be
taken by the profession in Germany against employment by the sick-fund societies.
In Germany, as in Great Britain, these societies have brought the average
cost per call down to a ridiculously small amount. In the former country the
average compensation per call is said to be only 4 cents. At Gera and Mülhausen
the physicians have already refused to act for the societies, and in consequence
these associations are obliged to pay the ordinary fees. Feeling is high,
and at least one duel has been the result of the condition of affairs. We
believe our brethren in Germany are in the right. We do not care to call the
thing a strike, for this does not seem to be properly its name, though it
has a resemblance to that movement so popular in this country at the present
time. In England the same difficulties have been felt for a considerable time,
and it will not be surprising if a general action similar to that of the physicians
in Germany should be inaugurated there. In either case our confrères
will have our best wishes for their success.
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