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July 30, 1938

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR FREE TREATMENT OF VENEREAL DISEASE PATIENTS

JAMA. 1938;111(5):429-430. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790310051015
Abstract

For the investigation and control of gonorrhea, syphilis and other venereal diseases the Seventy-Fifth Congress appropriated $3,000,000, to be expended during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1939. Larger appropriations for subsequent years were authorized and will presumably be appropriated as a matter of routine by subsequent congresses. Regulations for the distribution by the United States Public Health Service of the initial appropriation have just been made public.1

In order to obtain its allotment from the federal fund, a state must submit plans and budgets to the United States Public Health Service for approval. As suggestive of what will be approved now, the regulations promulgated July 14 specify what state plans must provide on and after Jan. 1, 1940. After that date, such plans must provide free diagnostic and treatment facilities for the diagnosis and "emergency treatment" of any patient who applies and for any patient referred by a

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