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At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, which was held in New York City in June of this year, certain questions arose concerning the "equalization pay" authorized for physicians who are serving in the armed forces and in the United States Public Health Service. This editorial has been prepared in accordance with the wishes of the House of Delegates and in order to make public background information concerning the bases and justification for such pay.
The authority for this special pay is contained in Section 203 of Public Law 351, 81st Congress, known as the "Career Compensation Act of 1949," as amended by Public Law 410, 82nd Congress, and Public Law 84, 83rd Congress. This act, as amended, provides for the payment of $100 a month to those officers commissioned in the Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Corps of the regular service and ordered into the active military service
"EQUALIZATION PAY" FOR PHYSICIANS IN ARMED FORCES. JAMA. 1953;153(7):646–647. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940240038012