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The Panel Physician's Fee
At the resumed sitting of the court of inquiry appointed by the ministry of health to consider the remuneration to be paid to panel physicians, evidence was given on behalf of the friendly societies. Mr. E. Harrison (of the Northumberland Miners' Permanent Approved Society) stated that the present medical service was satisfactory, and equaled that given by the general practitioner to the same people before the passing of the Insurance Act. But certification was far from satisfactory. This arose from failure of the physicians to give absolutely true certificates. But these were not given with the intention to mislead the societies. The general cost of contract practice before the passing of the Insurance Act was a capitation fee of $1, including drugs. At this figure, contract practice was eagerly sought after by the physicians, owing to the security of payment and the private practice associated with
LONDON. JAMA. 1924;82(6):483-484. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320053024