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September 9, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(11):864-865. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740360044021

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Breakdown of the National Health Insurance System  The socialist party in this country has one remedy for every ill—state expenditure. But that this produces more evil than it remedies they will not see, even when the country is brought to the brink of ruin, as it was by the socialist government. The prolonged unemployment, largely the result of their policy, has caused in some cases a breakdown of the system of contributions for the financing of the national health insurance system. Their remedy was easy: the state made good the deficiency. But after the financial crisis, which led to the downfall of the socialists, the new government decided to bring to an end this arrangement, which kept in the insurance system persons no longer qualified by contributions. It was provided that all insured persons who had been continuously unemployed for a period of two years and nine months would at

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