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Alien Patients in French Hospitals
The large number of foreign patients that invade the hospitals of the large cities of France is beginning to awaken anxiety among administrative officials, since these patients constitute an exceedingly heavy burden. Most of them are without means and therefore contribute nothing to the budget of the cities. In Marseilles, according to a recent report of Dr. Imbert, there were in the hospitals of the city, in 1922, 4,838 foreigners, or 24 per cent of 19,780 patients; in 1923, 6,449 foreigners, or 27 per cent of 23,092 patients; in 1924, 7,646 foreigners, or 30 per cent of 24,859 patients; in 1925, 7,215 foreigners, or 28 per cent of 25,248 patients. Marseilles is particularly affected because it is the gateway for Mediterranean immigration. Large contingents come from Algeria and the Orient, but Italians constitute the largest majority. M. Imbert has suggested that the government request the
PARIS. JAMA. 1926;87(11):862–863. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680110062025