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To the Editor
—Two reasons led to the establishment of the pay consultation clinic which was opened at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Jan. 25, 1916: One was the desire to make the facilities and staff of a large general hospital available to the practitioner in his care of patients of moderate means. The other was to enable this group of patients to obtain the benefits of a complete range of skilled advice and expensive equipment at a fee within their reach.It is intended that both the family physician and his patient shall be benefited. If not accompanied by his physician the patient is required to bring a letter from him, which is a guarantee that the person to be admitted belongs in the group for which this clinic is intended. Experience with the 700 patients so far received shows that the family physician is making legitimate use of the
Coolidge A, Porter CA, Cabot RC, Scudder CL, Edsall DL, Washburn FA. The Pay Consultation Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(2):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590020058022