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April 26, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;116(17):1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820170030013

MEDICAL SERVICES RECEIVED  The United States Public Health Service continues its series of additional analyses of earlier studies with one describing the receipt of medical services as shown by the National Health Survey.1 The conclusions really have little novelty. They show that:

  1. The percentage of illnesses which received medical attention varied markedly with income and also with size of city for the same income group.

  2. The amount of care per patient treated by a doctor in the lower economic status groups (especially the relief) was below the averages for the higher income group.

  3. The percentage hospitalized of those with disabling illnesses was less in the lower incomes and relief groups.

  4. Bedside nursing care by a private duty nurse was received for only a small proportion of illnesses in relief families, the percentages rising rapidly with increasing income. The reverse was true in the case of