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November 3, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(10):988. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670270078026

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Meeting of the Norwegian Medical Association.  —At the general assembly of the Norwegian Medical Association in September, its outgoing president, Prof. Axel Ström, delivered the opening address. At present the government and the physicians are far from agreeing on the conditions under which the latter must serve the community. According to the present arrangement, physicians are paid for each visit to insured persons, partly out of insurance funds (to which both employer and worker contribute) partly out of the patient's own pocket. It is the latter payment that the government disapproves of, aiming at complete exemption for the patient from this levy. The government's aims are in principle as follows: (1) free treatment for all, (2) free choice of physician by the patient, (3) a suitable distribution of physicians throughout the country, (4) a system of remuneration rendering physicians financially independent of the sickness of each patient, (5) a system

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