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September 21, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(12):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430380036009

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Some of the cheapest styles of medical practice that can be found anywhere in the world, can be found on the "east side" of New York city. But that which cheapens the business to its minimum is a new kind of coöperative scheme of medication, on the plan of an insurance association. A writer to the New York Herald calls attention to some of the features of this scheme. He says:

" Nearly every head of a family, in this eastern section of the city, belongs to a secret benefit society of some sort. Until lately these societies confined their activity to life insurance, funeral benefits and sick benefits, but lately the feature of medical insurance has been added to several of them.

"The plan is to engage some young physician who for a fee of 75 cents per quarter from each member of the society undertakes to attend the member

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