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February 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(9):663-664. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350047024

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Beginnings of State Medicine  At the recent general meeting of the Medical Society of Romande, Switzerland, Dr. Yersin of Geneva presented a paper on the Enslavement of Medicine. He pointed out that since the last century in most civilized countries, legislation had developed tending to govern the practice of medicine. In Germany and England, social insurance has taken possession of medicine and surgery for about 50 per cent of the population. In France and Belgium, insurance has remained limited to accidents; insurance against disease as yet has not been taken over by the state. The efforts of professional associations to delay its extension show that French and Belgian medical men do not regard the seizure of professional activity by the state as progress. So far, Switzerland has escaped government control of insurance against illness. On the other hand, the Swiss Confederation has monopolized traumatic surgery of most of the population

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