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May 27, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(21):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740210057025

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Social Insurance in Austria  Concerning the organization of social insurance in Austria further details have been announced, from which the following figures have been taken. The many krankenkassen scattered throughout the country may be divided into six groups: (1) industrial workers, with about 1,000,000 members and compulsory insurance; (2) agricultural workers, 300,000; (3) mercantile and private employees, 280,000; (4) government employees, 170,000; (5) employees of transportation companies, including railways, 170,000, and (6) employees of the municipality of Vienna, 45,000, making a total of about 1,965,000 members. Of this number, 100 per cent are insured against disease but only 60 per cent are insured against loss of employment; that is to say, about 40 per cent are enrolled under family insurance. The average monthly income of members of the krankenkassen is 156 shillings, or about $22; the highest monthly income is only 200 shillings, or about $30. On this basis, the

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