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July 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740260038015

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Five hundred million dollars was made available for the relief of needy and distressed people by the Federal Emergency Relief Act, approved by the President, May 12. This supplements the unexpended balance remaining from three hundred million dollars provided for the relief of destitution and distress by the Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932. These huge appropriations indicate the magnitude of the problem that confronts the country. Whereas the earlier act did not indicate clearly whether the money made available could be used for the alleviation of sufferring and distress due to illness and injury not directly traceable to unemployment, the act recently passed seems clearly to make adequate medical and hospital services available for the relief of needy sick and injured persons regardless of the origin of their diseases and injuries.

The provisions of the Federal Emergency Relief Act of 1933, under which the federal government is now

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