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October 31, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(18):1414-1415. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670180070028

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The Session of the League of German Medical Societies 

THE KRANKENKASSEN AND THE MIDDLE CLASSES  Since the war, it has become increasingly difficult for the middle classes to secure the money needed in cases of illness. For that reason, the need of health insurance is being more and more strongly felt. A number of schemes for health insurance for the middle classes have already been launched, such as housewives' mutual benefit organizations, craftsmen's chambers, and other similar societies. In this connection, a general antipathy toward panel physicians has developed, and for this reason an endeavor has been made to abolish everything that is reminiscent of the bureaucracy of the Krankenkassen and their compulsory membership. The local Krankenkassen under the direction of the social democrats are watching the progress of the new endeavors and combating them when their fear is awakened. The newer organizations seem likely to thwart the social democrats

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