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January 23, 1926

THE TREND OF VETERANS' RELIEF LEGISLATION: STATE MEDICINE

JAMA. 1926;86(4):278-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300040015

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Abstract

Through paragraph 10 of section 202 of the World War Veterans' Act, 1924, the federal government planted the germs of state medicine in our body politic and entered directly into competition with the private practitioners and private hospitals of the country. Under the provisions of that paragraph, the government now treats at public expense diseases and injuries having, no relation to any government service, military or otherwise. Veterans of the Spanish-American War, of the Philippine insurrection, of the Boxer rebellion and of the World War, suffering from neuropsychiatric or tuberculous ailments or diseases, or from paralysis agitans, epidemic encephalitis or amebic dysentery, or from the loss of sight of both eyes, are entitled as a matter of right to treatment and care in hospitals under the Veterans' Bureau, at government expense, whether their ailments or diseases are or are not of military origin. Veterans of any war, military occupation or

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