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Great Extension of National Health Insurance
Mr. Churchill, the chancellor of the exchequer, has introduced in his budget a vast extension of national health insurance which is certain to become law. The scheme covers the whole of the wage-earning population, who number 15 millions, and with their dependents 30 millions (more than 70 per cent. of our population). It will be contributory and compulsory and will involve additional contributions of 8 cents a week each from a workman and his employer, and 4 cents from the working woman and her employer. Mr. Churchill pointed out that if every man within the ambit of health insurance had contributed 8 cents a week since the age of 16, and every woman 4 cents, and a like amount had been contributed by employers, a self-supporting scheme would now be in operation which would afford $2.50 a week to widows, with an allowance for
LONDON. JAMA. 1925;84(20):1508-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660460044022