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March 1, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(9):645-647. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710350045016

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A National Dental Service  The national insurance act provides medical attendance for all insured persons; dental treatment is not a "statutory benefit" but an "additional" one; i. e., it is not provided by law but by certain societies which choose to do so and have the necessary funds. Their members are not entitled to dental benefit immediately on entrance into insurance but only after a period of five years. Dental service is also provided by the state in the elementary schools. The increase of socialism in this country has now become a commonplace and the medical form of it, known as the national insurance act, has already been extended by raising the income limit of persons who come under it. Further extensions can only be a matter of time. The British Medical Association has repeatedly drawn attention to two gaps in the act—the absence of any attention between the school

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