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Needy Foreigners and Free Medical Care
At a recent congress of the Union hospitalière du Nord-Est, M. de Beaumont presented a communication on the kind of assistance to which needy foreigners are entitled. This problem claims considerable public interest (The Journal, July 15, 1922, p. 228). It was discussed at the international congress of public welfare at Copenhagen in 1911, and at the diplomatic conference at Paris in 1912. The decisions reached at these conventions may lead to treaties of reciprocity between nations whose citizens reside in foreign countries. Unfortunately, the World War put a check on these negotiations and the treaty between France and Italy of Sept. 30, 1919, was the first to cover the question of assistance to needy foreigners. Since then treaties have been ratified with Poland, Oct. 14, 1920; Belgium, Nov. 30, 1921, and Luxemburg, Jan. 4, 1923. A committee on drafting of international treaties is
PARIS. JAMA. 1924;82(9):729–730. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650350061030
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