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April 19, 1924

Study of Workmen's Compensation, Insurance Laws and Service, Monopoly or Competition.

JAMA. 1924;82(16):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650420055038

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This is a record of the proceedings of a committee appointed by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce to investigate workmen's compensation laws and insurance carriers. The investigation extended over practically the entire United States and into the Dominion of Canada. A verbatim report of evidence taken by the committee and copies of briefs filed with it cover almost a thousand pages. Of conditions found, the committee says: "We are compelled to believe, after our extensive investigation, that there are entirely too many accidents occurring in industry; that the length of disability could be measurably decreased; that the reclamation of the industrial cripple has been hardly touched; and that the level of benefits is not entirely adequate." The committee reported no conclusions or recommendations with respect to the freedom of choice of physicians by injured workmen. Testimony regarding the medical relations of workmen's compensation acts is scattered through the general mass

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