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October 12, 1918

FRIENDLY SOCIETIES AND THE AUSTRALIAN PROFESSION

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Secretary, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

JAMA. 1918;71(15):1241. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600410063018

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I have been directed to inform you of the dispute that has been in existence for some months between the Friendly Societies of Victoria and the British Medical Association.The lodge doctors have been paid for the past forty years on an average as little as 14s. per annum for the town; this includes attendance on the member and his family and works out at four persons for each member; for the country the average is 16s. per annum per member for the lodge doctor.For a considerable period of time we held negotiations with the associated lodges called the "Friendly Societies Association" with a view to having the rate of remuneration increased. As the Friendly Societies refused our demands, 100 per cent. of the town members and 96 per cent. of the country members of the British Medical Association on the 31st of last October gave

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