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March 27, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(13):99B-106B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130219043

"An Avalanche of Papers"  Physicians have endeavored repeatedly to convince the public that practice under social insurance interferes with the giving of adequate time and attention to patients. The suggestion has been ventured that the necessary study and paper work associated with practice under government auspices was in itself a chore and a time-consuming performance. Now concrete evidence of the nature of such work becomes available through a brief item with the title "An Avalanche of Papers" in the supplement of the British Medical Journal.1 When an insurance practitioner is appointed he receives from the headquarters the following items:

  1. Prescription books.

  2. Certificate books (three kinds).

  3. The National Formulary.

  4. The Medical Benefit Regulations.

  5. The Drug Tariff.

  6. Memorandum on the Keeping of Medical Records.

  7. Memorandum on Pregnancy and Parturition of Insured Married Women.

  8. Memorandum on Tuberculosis.

  9. Memorandum on Medical Certification.

  10. Memorandum