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February 18, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(7):511-512. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740070049026

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Free Choice of Physicians Under Sickness Insurance  The laws regarding health insurance societies were not promulgated at the same time throughout the whole country. The parts of Yugoslavia that formerly belonged to Austria-Hungary were under such laws in 1888 and 1892, while the kingdoms of Serbia and Montenegro—now forming part of Yukoslavia—adopted them first in 1922. Germany, the pioneer in social insurance, had a system whereby physicians worked for such institutions at a fixed rate of pay. Austria-Hungary adopted the same system about 1890, and the laws regarding this were put into force throughout the whole country by the law enacted in 1922. Now the Yugoslavic Medical Association demands that the new law, which will be discussed this year in parliament, shall provide for a free choice of physicians in the health insurance societies. The directors of these societies want absolutely to retain the same system of fixed rate of

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