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Cost of Medical Socialism Creates a Grave Position
In the house of commons Sir Kingsley Wood (formerly parliamentary secretary to the ministry of health) drew attention to a disturbing aspect of national health insurance. A total of some $175,000,000 was paid out last year, of which medical benefit cost $43,500,000. Of the last sum, insurance physicians received $31,000,000 and pharmacists $10,000,000. In spite of the progress of medical science and the fall in the death rate, the claims of insured persons for sickness had much increased. The claims of married women for disablement benefit had risen by 100 per cent and of unmarried women by 159 per cent. In the discussion a physician, Dr. Morris Jones, pointed out that from many years' experience he knew that when a woman was certified as unfit to work in the occupation under which she was insured she was often engaged in household work
LONDON. JAMA. 1931;97(12):861–862. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730120041020
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