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May 27, 1944

IS THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE COVERAGE ADEQUATE?

JAMA. 1944;125(4):271-272. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850220033011
Abstract

Adequate occupational disease coverage must be discussed under three headings: (a) What is the present system? (b) What is adequate coverage? and (c) What is an occupational disease?

As far as the present system of coverage is concerned, we know that some states have no coverage of any type; some include all occupational diseases, while the remainder have adopted the schedule system. Obviously, with such a variation in the methods employed, adequate coverage in America does not exist despite the fact that in principle the workmen's compensation act was intended to cover all industries and all workmen. According to the latest statistics of which I am aware, not more than 40 per cent of the total gainfully employed workers are actually protected. In some instances this is due to a failure in coverage provisions which exclude, for example, the casual worker or the domestic. In other instances it is due

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