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December 4, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1918-1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490056023

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 6, 1937.

Juvenile Extension of National Health Insurance  The minister of health has introduced in the House of Commons the national health insurance (juvenile contributors and young persons) bill. This provides medical benefit for boys and girls who on leaving school become employed before reaching the age of 16, at which age national health insurance benefit previously began. The bill will thus bridge the gap in medical supervision which now exists between the school medical service and the beginning of insurance. It is calculated that 1,000,000 boys and girls will come under the scheme. The cost of medical benefit and its administration for these juveniles will be defrayed, like existing health insurance, as to six sevenths in the case of boys and four fifths in the case of girls out of the contributions of the juveniles and their employers, and as to the remainder

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