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March 31, 1894

CONSTRUCTION OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS FOR THE CARE OF INDIGENT SICK.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420920027006

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Abstract

A statute providing for the care of the indigent sick, the Supreme Court of Idaho holds, in the case of Board of Commissioners v. McFall, decided Feb. 9, 1894, is one of mercy and benevolence, and must be liberally construed, with a view to carry into effect its beneficent objects and designs. The provisions of the Idaho statute, directing contracts to be made for the keeping of the indigent sick of a county, for a gross sum per year, the court holds are broad enough to include all such sick within the county. It does not require that they reside within the county any certain length of time, or that they possess any particular qualification, other than that of being indigent sick or otherwise dependent poor. A citizen of another State, who comes into this State and becomes sick, and is pecuniarily unable to provide for himself proper medical aid,

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