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March 29, 1930

RELATION OF FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS TO HOSPITAL MAINTENANCE

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1930;94(13):909-911. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710390007003
Abstract

In the capital city of the nation, where I have the privilege and good fortune to practice my profession, medical men are confronted with a situation which has to be met in other cities of our country but which I think prevails to a much greater degree in Washington than elsewhere; namely, providing hospitalization for a class of patients whose incomes are barely sufficient for the actual necessities of existence. When hospitalization for such individuals becomes necessary it entails a hardship and a crisis difficult for the majority of them to meet. It has been stated, and is borne out in fact, that 70 per cent ofour population face the bugbear of having to meet extra expenses annually on account of illnesses requiring expenditures sufficiently large to impose a serious financial burden. Of this number 50 per cent are hospitalized annually. If from the 70 per cent is deducted the

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