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May 12, 1917

COMPULSORY HEALTH INSURANCE

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(19):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050131025

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —May I point out one feature of the health insurance bill as at present drafted which, while seemingly of especial interest to the medical profession, is really of equal interest to the community, but which is usually ignored? Certainly its importance to the beneficiaries of the bill and hence to the general community seems to be overlooked. I refer to the fact that no specific price is set for the services of the physicians who will be required to do the actual work in caring for and protecting the health of the workers, It is stated by the sponsors for the bill that it is desirable to leave the determination of fees to the commission. It is estimated by those favoring the bill that for $2,000 annually physicians need make only from twenty to thirty calls a day, and we are given to understand that such an

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