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In discussing problems of hospital finance with the Rotary club in Melbourne recently, the Victorian chief inspector of charities, Mr. C. L. McVilly, pointed out that 85 per cent of the patients at public hospitals were of the industrial class and could pay some proportion of their hospital expenses instead of being an almost total charge on the charity of the community. It is hoped that the enlargement of the existing hospitals to a community basis will partially solve this problem and that the intermediate group will thereby be enabled to retain their independence; but the desirable rate of progress toward this ideal is hampered by financial conditions. Mr. McVilly's proposal is that each employer should establish a trust fund into which each employee should contribute sixpence (twelve cents) a week, as insurance against the cost of hospital treatment. This system has already proved satisfactory in a few
AUSTRALIA. JAMA. 1930;94(4):278-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710300050022