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Dr. Cabot begins his book on medical economics by describing the changes that have occurred in the practice of medicine in the past forty years. The first chapters give an account of the developments in this country whereby the change has been made from the family physician to the specialist. The author then discusses in full the various forms of group health services, workmen's compensation acts and forms of health insurance in England and continental Europe. The last part of the book deals with the income of physicians, the ability of patients to pay and some suggested methods of improvement. Cabot does not attempt to enumerate all the possible methods, but weighs the availability of insurance, both national and nongovernmental (by regular life and accident insurance companies), private voluntary plans and methods of private physicians. Compulsory health insurance is discussed in detail. In the final chapters the author examines each
The Doctor's Bill.. Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(3):820. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970090250022