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February 20, 1926

COMPULSORY HEALTH INSURANCE

JAMA. 1926;86(8):571-572. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340049030

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Compulsory health insurance concerns itself with the great economic problem of the wage earner. It has for its basis insufficient wages, or wages out of which no surplus is left to cover the needs during a period of illness. One of the needs being medical care, health insurance proposes to stand sponsor for that item.But medical attention is only one of the needs of a sick wage earner. He needs rent, clothing, bread, nursing and several other necessaries, even though he is ill. Therefore, if health insurance is contemplated at present, the next logical step to ameliorate conditions is compulsory bread or food insurance and compulsory rent insurance. That is, the movement is in the direction of an industrial state in which the wage earner will have his domestic needs supplied.That is one corrective for low wages. It appears that the desired social benefit can

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