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August 6, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(6):465-466. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690060045024

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Sickness Insurance and Venereal Disease Stations  The question of consulting stations for venereal patients has been discussed lately on several occasions. The discussion was provoked by the growth of sickness insurance and the old age and invalidity insurance which were added to the insurance scheme of the country last year. The sickness insurance system does not fulfil its task in the handling of venereal patients. Venereal patients fear that, under the sickness insurance system, records might make their malady a matter of public knowledge. The insurance bodies themselves do not care to undertake the expense of treating venereal patients, especially patients with syphilis. The insurance societies maintain, furthermore, that it is not their task to treat a patient in order to prevent a manifestation of his sickness which may occur after long years when very likely he will belong to another society, if he is insured at all. With invalidity