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September 1, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(9):764-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650090062029

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Conflict of the Panel Physicians with the Health Insurance Societies  The constantly increasing economic distress has again brought about a conflict between the panel physicians and the health insurance societies over the subject of fees. As on previous occasions, the controversy arose not only on account of inadequate compensation but more particularly because of undue delay in the payment of fees, a combination of difficulties from which many physicians have suffered considerably. In Berlin, the results of such defective conditions are naturally felt more keenly than elsewhere, not only because, in the city, as a rule, the necessaries of life are harder to obtain, but also on account of the surplus of physicians such as is commonly found in the capital. In view of the fact that in the United States as well there has for some time been an agitation to introduce social health insurance, it will doubtless be

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