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February 2, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(5):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650310059028

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Wheat Valorization of Medical Fees  In view of the fluctuation of the Hungarian currency, the medical profession has been obliged to raise fees almost from week to week. Although the increase has never corresponded to the depreciation of the currency, and, in fact, medical fees are the only ones in Hungary which do not reach the so-called gold parity, yet the general press has commented on the raise of medical fees as inhuman and not worthy of the medical profession. Some medical journals even have had disputes with the lay press on this subject; but, judging from the correspondence addressed to the journals, it seems that the general public believes that the physician should be satisfied with only half pay for his work, the other half being taken out in love for his work. These discussions have led some branches of the National Medical Association to introduce the wheat valorization:

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