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Financial Difficulties and Public Health
The financial difficulties under which the republic of Austria has been laboring during the last nine months, and especially the lack of foreign exchange values, have become, during recent days, so overwhelming that the government authorities have to resort to all sorts of devices to reduce the importation of foreign goods and products. Now, the Austrian pharmacists and druggists obtain the largest part of their medicaments, used in hospitals and by physicians, from Germany, England and America, at an average monthly expenditure normally of about 4,000,000 Austrian shillings ($600,000). Some time ago, the ministry of commerce and finance issued a decree that only 1,500,000 shillings might be expended for foreign medicaments, and just recently this amount was further reduced to 250,000 shillings per month. It must be added that foreign exchange is now purchased in Austria only at the Nationalbank and only with the approval
VIENNA. JAMA. 1932;98(15):1317-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730410081023