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May 25, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(21):2120-2129. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210052020

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VOLUNTARY HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE NETHERLANDS  MOLLEURUS COUPERUS, M.D. CHEHALIS, WASH.During the summer of 1939 Dr. J. J. Couperus of Rio Vista, Calif., and I visited the Netherlands and while there investigated the system of voluntary sickness insurance which is in operation there. We received hearty cooperation in the accomplishment of this task from the officials of the Association for the Advancement of Medicine in the Netherlands, the official medical organization of Holland.Prior to 1912 the business of offering sickness insurance to the low income class of the Netherlands was entirely in the hands of private and mutual insurance companies. There was a deplorable lack of cooperation and understanding between the various groups interested in this insurance, and conditions gradually became such that the medical organization of the Netherlands decided to take the leadership in solving this important problem.In 1912 the Association for the Advancement of Medicine

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