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The Health Insurance Societies and the Physicians
I have referred in previous letters to the old controversy between the mutual aid societies (called in other countries Krankenkassen or caisses d'assurances) and the medical leagues, or unions. Two years ago, the minister of health appointed a joint commission composed of physicians and directors of mutual aid societies for the purpose of elaborating some general plan of health insurance that would be satisfactory to both parties. After prolonged discussion, the commission has finally proposed a plan, which, however, does not seem to satisfy the parties concerned. The plan proposed provides for the creation in each province of Belgium of a joint committee composed of physicians and directors of mutual aid societies. It would be the duty of each provincial committee (1) to establish the regional tariff schedules on either a contract or an individual fee basis (or the two combined), for the
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1926;87(10):772–773. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680100056024
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