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January 26, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(4):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650300065027

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Physicians and the Health Insurance Societies  Since my last report, no progress has been made toward a settlement of the controversy between physicians and the health insurance societies. A meeting of the federal committee before which the arguments of the representatives of both parties are to be presented has not been called. The executive committee of the Leipzig League has announced that several more provisions contained in the new decrees must be abolished. For example, in spite of all later changes in the provisions, the executive committee of a health insurance society has the right to pass judgment on the activities of physicians with respect to their lawfulness. Not until the committee of control convenes do the physicians get a, chance to be heard. But this committee is composed chiefly of laymen, so that the latter can easily outvoice the medical members. For the so-called "first warning," which is the

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