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June 12, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(24):1840. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670500028012

By the Veterans' Act of 1924, Congress authorized hospitalization of veterans at government expense, without regard to the nature or origin of the disability. This treatment of disease at government expense was made available to all veterans in certain classes, without reference to the ability of the individual to provide treatment at his own expense or his right to obtain it from the state or city in which he lived. The Journal1 called attention a few months ago to efforts at extension of the scope of this federal aid. May 17, the House of Representatives passed a bill2 extending such government attentions to cover outpatient treatment as well as hospitalization, and enlarging the term "veterans" to include women who served as army nurses under contracts between April 21, 1898, and Feb. 2, 1901, contract surgeons and contract dentists. This bill is now pending in the Senate.

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