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The Status of Social Insurance
Recent letters have supplied the latest reports on the financial condition of the health insurance societies. Now the federal bureau of statistics has published the reports for 1932 on the financial situation in all branches of federal social insurance, which show the effects of the numerous emergency decrees for the rehabilitation of social insurance. If unemployment insurance is left out of consideration, the total deficit in the ordinary social insurance system was reduced from 36,200,000 marks ($8,615,600) in 1931 to about 8,500,000 marks ($2,023,000) in 1932. The retrenchments in expenditures corresponded to the reduction in receipts in the form of dues, brought about by unemployment and loss of wages. For example, the total receipts in 1932 were 3,300,000 marks ($785,400), as against 4,100,000 marks ($975,800) in 1931, and the total expenditures in 1932 were about 3,300,000 marks ($785,400), as compared with 4,100,000 marks ($975,800) in
BERLIN. JAMA. 1933;101(5):380-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300048023