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August 10, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(6):445-449. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760320047019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)July 12, 1935.

Unemployment and National Health Insurance  The national health insurance system is financed by contributions from the employed, the employers and the government. When it was introduced before the war, no unemployment of the magnitude experienced in recent years was known in this country and therefore was not anticipated. The result of this unemployment has been to derange the finance of the system and deprive a large number of the insured of their title to benefit. The minister of health has therefore introduced a bill which excuses arrears of contributions due to unemployment for the year 1934-1935. Many approved societies have already paid up arrears out of their surpluses. A sum of $7,500,000 a year is required to finance the bill. The burden will be distributed equally between the taxpayer and the approved societies.

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