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July 19, 1913

Unfair Demands on Physicians by Insurance Companies

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Peoria, Ill.

JAMA. 1913;61(3):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350030052025

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To the Editor:  —I wish to call attention to an injustice that, to my mind, is being imposed on physicians. The numerous health and accident companies insist on proof from the physician as to the disability of the insured, but they refuse to pay him for it, although it is manifestly for their protection, I presume that every physician is willing to furnish to the insured a simple statement, which can be dictated to a stenographer in a few minutes, as to the length and nature of the disability, but these companies insist on the physician's filling out answers to a long list of questions.A few years ago the list was headed with the request, "the physician will please fill in the answers to the following questions." Emboldened by the complaisance of the physicians, most of these companies now head the blank with "the physician must furnish correct answers

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