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April 16, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(16):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420038023

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The New Health Insurance Law  A new bill provides that, from the existing three large groups of krankenkassen, smaller bodies composed of 1,500 or more members may "split off" and form new health insurance societies. In contrast with the universally recognized principle in insurance that "large numbers stabilize the risks," the proposed law supports the principle of decentralization and division into smaller bodies. The medical profession has announced to the government that, unless the new law shall furnish guaranties that their emoluments and pensions will be preserved intact, not a single physician will be permitted to accept a post with the new insurance societies, and that a general strike of all panel physicians will be declared. Such extreme measures are not very popular with the physicians, but a strike order would be obeyed if the leaders should consider it necessary to issue one.

Medical Congresses to be Held in Vienna 

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