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March 3, 1917

Compulsory Health Insurance

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(9):729. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030061028

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To the Editor:  —The letter on this topic by Dr. W. D. Chapman (The Journal, Feb. 17, 1917, p. 566) contains one or two errors which I wish to correct.In this country about one tenth of the 30,000,000 workers are organized, and of the organized workers only about 548,000, or one fourth, are insured for sick benefits through the international trade unions, and not one tenth of all the workers, as your correspondent states. As a matter of fact, voluntary insurance against sickness is far less developed in this country today than it was in Great Britain prior to the passage of the national insurance act.The free choice of physician, for which German physicians have been contending and which the British doctors gained at the outset, is already a provision of the health insurance bill which is being introduced in the legislatures of the leading industrial states.Even

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